Ayr United are ready to unleash a new look central defence.
Dundee stopper Neil McGregor, who spent two seasons at Dunfermline, is set to pen a loan deal on Thursday evening.
And he will be paired with trialist Cammy MacDonald for Saturday’s visit of third top Brechin.
Boss Mark Roberts, backed by a £25,000 kitty, stresses Thursday night’s transfer deadline isn’t the end of the road.
For players can still be signed on 93 day loan deals, taking them into May.
Roberts has asked an SPL club about two players on loan and has agreed, in principle, a move to sign a target for next season.
He said: “There is no point in spending money willy nilly. I don’t see Thursday’s deadline as a big thing.
“There are players we can now afford because of the cash input but who don’t want to step down to the Second Division.
“But I will keep trying and would love to add another two so there are decisions to be made in team selection.
“We’re 20 games into the season and it’s not been good enough.”
Roberts has already added vital experience with the signing of striker Liam Buchanan. And he feels the addition of another SPL recruit in McGregor, 27, can only help Ayr’s cause.
He said: “Neil is an aggressive player who loves to go into tackles and win the ball. He is exactly the type of fit we need when everyone knows we have defensive problems. “Dundee need him for a midweek game
but they’re hopeful of a couple of signings which would allow us to take him until the end of the season.”
MacDonald, 23, spent six seasons at Livi before a short stint at Airdrie.
Roberts said: “Cammy has an offer from America which is a big thing to consider.
“He enjoyed it on Saturday and was an excellent talker both on the park and in the dressing room.
“He knows the game and is a very confident lad. He needs two or three games but he gives us a freshness.”
MacDonald made an instant impression by scoring the equaliser after Ayr had blown a 2-0 lead.
Roberts axed Marc Twaddle from the team that drew 3-3 at East Fife and has challenged him to fight his way back.
And he refutes terracing claims that he should his cash to sign a midfielder enforcer. He said: “Am I going to leave out David Sinclair who has scored 10 goals or Robbie Crawford who has been a big find for us?
“What’s the point of an enforcer when tackling has practically been taken out of the game?”
All eyes are now on Thursday’s meeting of the SFL clubs to debate league reconstruction.
SPL chief Neil Doncaster is confident it can be introduced for the start of next season. If that happens, it means Ayr are scrambling to make the promotion play-offs or face the reality of life in the bottom tier.
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