Falkirk have slowly climbed up the Scottish Championship table with the minimum of fuss this season, partly due to the fact that few teams other than league leaders Hibernian have been putting in anything approaching consistent results. The Bairns sit just six points behind the Hibees although whilst this is a far from insurmountable gap, given the recent form of Neil Lennon’s side we don’t envisage anyone closing the gap before the season draws to a close in less than two months’ time.
Peter Houston’s men only just missed out on promotion to the Premiership at the end of 2015/16, the side finishing second to Rangers in the league table but ultimately losing 4-1 on aggregate to Premiership side Kilmarnock. With Hibs all but certain of clinching top spot come May, the best that Falkirk can realistically hope for is another shot at promotion via the play-offs and they can further cement their second-place by collecting all three points at Somerset Park this weekend.
Ayr United are also facing up to the possibility that they might not be plying their trade in the Championship next season but this isn’t due to any possible promotion campaign. Indeed the Honest Men are struggling near the foot of the table as things stand and desperately need a few more points on the board before they can even even think about relaxing.
Ian McCall’s men have managed just a single point from their last three league outings and suffered an exit from the Scottish Cup at the hands of Hibernian last weekend. Naturally spirits won’t be too high and we envisage them falling even lower when Falkirk go home with all the points in the bag this weekend.