Rangers defender Kyle McAusland announced that will be returning to Ayr United on a loan spell that will last through the end of the season. It is his third such move to Ayr in the last two seasons. Ayr United currently sits fourth in the table – 38 points shy of Rangers mark.
McAusland first loan this season was initiated by the defender’s inquiry about playing time after giving his starting slot to Richard Foster once the transfer embargo was lifted in September. Naturally a right back, McAusland was utilized mostly as a center back for Ayr United. McAusland didn’t necessarily shine for Ayr, receiving mixed reviews from those who cover the club closely. Obviously, he did enough for manager Mark Roberts to enlist the twenty-year old’s services again.
The move is slightly baffling given the missed opportunity to bring McAusland into the lineup – at his natural right back position – as Rangers look to be within mere weeks of wrapping up the League 1 title. Ally McCoist has stated that he will filter in more young players into the lineup in the last few couple months of the season & McAusland seemed to be a prime candidate to bring some energy to the lineup. Ironically, McAusland did little to lose his job in the first month of the season, but was supplanted by veteran Richard Foster. It did not take long for Foster to lose his job to Sebastien Faure, a youngster whose surprising steady play in defence forced McCoist’s hand.
It makes you wonder if McAusland initiated the request for a loan again. Foster has been borderline horrible in recent weeks & Faure is currently out injured. Given that, it would sadly surprise few if Steven Smith was actually ahead of McAusland in the depth chart at right back.
If McAusland wasn’t going to get a look in these conditions, you can understand why he would request to rejoin Ayr for the season. McAusland’s contract expires after next season, it is becoming logical speculation that he may not feature in Rangers plans going forward.
McAusland, now joins fellow youngster Barrie McKay as players who are getting first team play elsewhere.
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