Ayr United midfielder Cammy Smith says the side’s 2-0 victory over Greenock Morton at the weekend was dedicated to ex-manager Mark Kerr.

Kerr departed the club on mutual terms last week after leaving the Honest Men sitting in the relegation play off place in the Scottish Championship with just one win in their last 10 games.

Smith who scored both goals in the win at Cappielow to leapfrog their opponents into eighth in the table, says White had the team well prepared during a tough week.

He said: “The news, when it broke last weekend, it was not nice to see anyone lose their job and when Mark Kerr and Mick McArdle came into say their goodbyes on Monday it was tough.

“David White took over and we got all that stuff out of our system as the week went on.

“He prepared us well and we knew exactly what we had to do in our roles…. he has been brilliant so far and kept it simple.

“The boys wanted to win for him and for the old coaching team because they were good to us. “

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Ayr will hope to keep that winning momentum going as they face a tough fixture list in the coming weeks starting with an away trip to Raith Rovers on Tuesday night followed by another away game to league leaders Hearts on Saturday.

However, they could have a new manager appointed before their trip to Tynecastle at the weekend with the club asking for all applications for the post to have been in by March 8 at 5pm.

Former Morton boss David Hopkins is the bookies favourite for the post, and despite a tumultuous time at Cappielow, he does have a history of success in the Championship, having gained promotion from it in 2018 with Livingston.

Hopkins is closely followed in the odds by fellow Scot Jim McIntyre who has been out of work since being relegated from the Scottish Premiership with Dundee in 2019 but has had success having won the League Cup with Ross County in 2016.