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Football: Craig tells his stand-ins to stand out.

Byline: By Roddy Duncan

AYR have been rocked by call-offs as they bid to kick-start their BT Premier campaign against Boroughmuir.

Craig Redpath's men are desperate to make amends for last week's fade-out against Hawick but he admitted the odds will be stacked against them at Meggetland.

Playmaker James Noonan is attending a family wedding, prop Euan Logan is out for the rest of the season with a ripped arm muscle and Steve Heaton is suspended under the yellow card totting-up rule.

Redpath said: 'This is the day when we will find out exactly what this squad is made of. Our aim is to starve Muir of ball in the first half and if that happens we will have given ourselves a bit of an opportunity.'

Muir coach Iain Paxton has handed the stand-off jersey to Alan Seivewright, with Scott Hadden filling the bench role.

Champions Glasgow Hawks are without frontliners Steve Swindall and Colin Shaw for the clash with Hawick at Mansfield Park. But coach Peter Wright isn't worried about their call-up by the Glasgow pro team for their trip to Newport.

He said: 'Both guys want to be pros and they are good enough to make the step up, so we will back them all the way.'

Stuart Low and Scott Forrest come in, while the Greens bring Dean McCracken on to the bench for Ross Armstrong.

Heriot's have responded to being knocked off the top of the table by making five changes for the home clash with Aberdeen GSFP.

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Date:Jan 22, 2005
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