DELIGHTED Michael Moffat celebrated the birth of his new born daughter over the weekend by netting two goals for Ayr United on Saturday in their 3-1 win over Alloa Athletic.

The 33-year-old welcomed Mila Moffat into the world at 8am on Saturday morning at Crosshouse Hospital alongside wife Megan. Ayr boss Ian McCall was unsure if Moffat would be able to feature against Alloa butthe striker insists he was always going to play. Moffat said: “The morning was pretty hectic with my wife waking up at 2am saying she was ready to have the baby so we had to rush over to Crosshouse Hospital and Mila was born at around 7.45am. The manager wasn’t sure if I’d be able to play or not, but I phoned him in the morning to say I was ready to play.”

Moffat put the Honest Men 1-0 up after 28 minutes with a left footed strike that flew into the top corner. And he rounded off proceedings two minutes from full time when he slotted home from six yards to secure the victory for McCall’s side.

The striker said: “We deserved the win in the end as we had the better chances in the game but it’s certainly a hard place to go and win. It was an important win with Ross County and Dundee United both winning, so we had to win to keep track with them at the top of the table.” Lawrence Shankland returned to the starting line-up for Ayr and there were debuts for deadline day signings Nicky Cadden and Calvin Miller. These additions will certainly bolster the Somerset Park teams attacking options in the second half of the season. Moffat said: “I’ve been impressed with both of the new signings since they joined the club. “We have been a bit light in the wide areas recently as Declan McDaid has been our only recognised winger due to the injury to Alan Forrest. “Both guys performed well on Saturday and have been doing well in training too so I’m sure they’re keen to impress the manager. “ He continued on Shankland: “We’ve missed him when he wasn’t playing as he’s incredibly got 30 goals already this season. But it’s not just his goals that are important to the team, it’s the presence he brings up front with the problems he causes defenders and his link up play with the team.