Ayr United manager David Hopkin heaped praise on his new signings after their 1-1 draw with Dunfermline at the weekend.

An injury to goalkeeper Viljami Sinisalo last week saw him return to his parent club Aston Villa and left Ayr with Peter Urminsky as the only keeper in the squad.

Fortunately, the Honest Men managed to secure Peter ‘PJ’ Morrison as an emergency loan signing from Motherwell the day before they faced the pars.

The 23-year-old shot stopper went straight into the starting line up against Dunfermline alongside fellow loanee Jamie Barjonas, who joined from Rangers in March.

Speaking to the Advertiser, Hopkin said: “PJ has come in as a young goalkeeper and I thought everything he had to do on Saturday he did to perfection.

“Another player that started, Jamie Barjonas, was excellent, he gives us something different that we don’t have in the team in terms of someone that can pick the ball up and drive at teams.

“I’m not a miracle worker but I am going to get every inch out of every player until the end of the season and I think you saw that against Dunfermline.”

Another new signing, Josh Todd, missed the Dunfermline game after he went off with a head knock in the mid-week defeat to Dundee.

Todd, who joined on loan from Falkirk at the end of March, started in the 3-0 defeat at Somerset Park, with Hopkin impressed with the midfielder’s performance.

“I managed to get Josh in on loan, and I thought he played well against Dundee.

“When he came off, I think the shape we had and the balance we had in the team kind of went a bit, so it was disappointing.”

Next up for the Honest Men is a huge fixture away to the club directly below them in the Scottish Championship Arbroath.

Hopkin says he expects a tough fixture at Gayfield Park against an experienced manager in Dick Campbell.

“We have to go into the game with a plan… Dick has been a manager for 30-40 years, so he has the experience … and we are away from home… … so we know it is going to be tough.”