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Ayr chairman reacts to drawing Rangers in Scottish Cup despite having no manager


AYR UNITED chairman David Smith last night celebrated a six-figure windfall as the Honest Men were sent to Ibrox.

Managerless Ayr will face Viaplay Cup winners Rangers in the last 16 of the Scottish Gas Scottish Cup next month.

Ayr chairman David Smith will want a new manager in place for the trip to Ibrox

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Ayr chairman David Smith will want a new manager in place for the trip to IbroxCredit: SNS
James Tavernier and Rangers will host Ayr next month after beating Dumbarton

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James Tavernier and Rangers will host Ayr next month after beating DumbartonCredit: Willie Vass

It’s a dream draw for the Championship side, who aim to have Lee Bullen’s successor in place by the middle of this week.

And Smith has challenged the new gaffer to create a Cup shock when he comes face to face with Philippe Clement.

Smith told SunSport: “I’m delighted with the draw. It will mean a six-figure sum for us.

“As the draw went on, I was beginning to think we might get Rangers or Celtic.

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“I gave a little shout out when it happened and it’s a great draw for the club.

“We were good on Saturday against Kelty Hearts and Davie White got the players up for it.

“There was a nice feeling about the place again on Saturday night.

“Now I’ll just tell the next manager that he’s got a Cup tie which is winnable!”

Holders Celtic face an all-Premiership trip to St Mirren after yesterday’s 5-0 win over Buckie Thistle.

Last season’s runners-up, Inverness Caley Thistle, will be at home to Hibs.

Airdrie’s reward for a win over St Johnstone is a home tie against Hearts.

And Partick Thistle, who won at Ross County, will be at home to another top-flight side in Livingston.

Highland League Brora Rangers, who host Cove Rangers in a rearranged fourth round tie tomorrow night, will chase a trip to Kilmarnock.

Bonnyrigg Rose’s reward for ending Falkirk’s 26-game unbeaten run is a trip to Pittodrie to face Aberdeen.

And in-form Morton will host Motherwell at Cappielow.

The fifth round ties will take place over the weekend of February 10/11 with TV ties to be confirmed in the coming days.

Keep up to date with ALL the latest news and transfers at the Scottish Sun football page 





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