Stranraer boss Aitken flattered by Ayr speculation

Stranraer boss Stephen Aitken says he is “flattered” by interest linking him with the manager’s job at Ayr United.

The Blues boss has led his team to second place in League One this season and also narrowly lost out on penalties to Livingston in the Petrofac Training Cup semi finals in October.

And it seems the 38 year old’s work hasn’t gone unnoticed with Aitken coming into 4/1 at to be appointed the new Ayr manager following Mark Roberts sacking from the Ayrshire club on Monday.

However, Aitken said: “My focus at the moment is totally on Stranraer and I am proud of what we have achieved at this club not only this season but over the last two seasons since I have been in charge.

“As a manager it is always flattering to be linked with jobs whether it is Ayr United or any job and recently there has been a few big jobs out there.

“There’s always going to be speculation but my focus is on the side I am with currently and keeping our good run going.”

On the park, Stranraer kept up their good run on Saturday with a 4-1 win at Peterhead, bouncing back from losing an early goal.

Aitken said: “I’m over the moon as to how the players reacted. It was a good move and good finish from Peterhead early on but it was a great reaction from the players and they have done that all season.

“We were very strong in the second half when we scored three goals and we looked a stronger outfit than them.

“Conditions were really tough on Saturday and the pitch was icy so it was great to get the win and move into 2nd.”

Aitken’s men travel to Dunfermline this Saturday to face a team who parted company with manager Jim Jefferies earlier this week knowing that they beat them 3-1 at East End Park in a Scottish Cup replay earlier this month.

Aitken said: “I think we have to take lessons out of that game as we played really well that night to win that tie and it is a great psychological boost for the players knowing they can beat full time teams, just as it was with Morton earlier in the month.

“They’ve changed their manager this week and we’re obviously expecting a bit of a reaction from that so it might not be the best time to play them.

“But we’ve been in great form lately and we’ll look to keep ourselves near the top end of the table.”