PREMIER Division leaders Kilwinning Rangers head to Portland Park to face Troon in the opening showpiece Ayrshire Weekly Press Cup on Saturday.

And Seasiders boss Jim Kirkwood says is he were in their shoes his focus would be on the league as the Abbey Park side chase their first top flight title in 14 years.

But he admits his team are under no pressure in the eagerly awaited first round clash.

Troon go into the game on the back of a 6-0 demolition of near neighbours Maybole in the West of Scotland Cup while Buffs lost 2-1 at Pollok although remained in top spot.

Kirkwood said he was encouraged with his team's performance and said: "Maybole did well in the first 10 or 15 minutes but as soon as we scored I felt that was it. There's quite a big gulf between the two teams and we saw that on Saturday."

Looking ahead he said: "It will be interesting to see how Kilwinning approach the game. If were in their position I would be focusing on the league and I wouldn't want to lose any players for games coming up.

"They are top of the pack at the moment and doing well. It should be an attractive match and will hopefully attract a decent crowd. But all the expectations are on Kilwinning not on us, they are expected to win. The league is our priority although we are not going to win it but hopefully can clinch promotion, that is the target. But the cups are important and give us a chance to win something.

"Hopefully we can spring what would be considered an upset against Kilwinning and the guys look forward to the game."