GLENAFTON striker Michael Moffat says he has no plans to hang up his boots – until his body tells him to.

The 38-year-old was the centre of attention at Somerset Park on Sunday afternoon as he turned out for his old club, Ayr United, for one last time against a Celtic B team – the climax of testimonial year granted to Moffat for his 10 years, in two spells, playing for the Honest Men.

Moffat, who moved to Loch Park on loan in February before putting pen to paper on a permanent deal during the summer, captained the Ayr team in Sunday’s match – just 24 hours after being named in the Glens’ starting line-up for their Premier Division clash with Irvine Meadow.

Speaking to Ayr’s media team after Sunday’s match, Moffat said: “The boys in the Celtic team and in our team, they’re still trying to impress their manager. They’re not just going to go through the motions. They’ve got a chance to stake a claim, so there’s always something to play for.

“It’s never just a friendly or a kickabout. I’m glad it was like that.”

Moffat has played in every one of the Glens’ games so far this season – the only man, apart from team-mate Paul Paton, to have achieved that feat – and has scored six goals in 10 appearances, making him, by some distance, the team’s leading marksman in what, so far, has been a difficult season for the club, with Saturday’s 2-1 loss at home to Medda leaving Glens just one point, and one place, off the bottom of the table.

He says his former club is a shining example of how players can work their way up the football ladder and perhaps enjoy a career as long as his.

“Play as long as you can, that’s what they keep telling me,” he continued, “so until my body tells me I can’t do it any more, I’ll keep going.

“I wasn’t sure what kind of team Celtic would have, but they’ve got a massive squad, and it’s always important that the boys get minutes, no matter who against.

“Through my own experience with Ayr you’ve now got boys who have made their way through the Academy all the way into the first team. Paul Smith, Fraser Bryden – these are boys that are training and playing reserve and first team football every week. So it just shows you the pathway is there for boys, no matter what age they are.”

Across his two spells at Somerset – from 2011-14 and 2017-23, either side of three years with Dunfermline Athletic – Moffat made 263 appearances and scored 77 goals.

“It was good to say goodbye to the fans,” he said. “Good to get a good turnout on the pitch and get some minutes for the final time playing with Ayr. I’ve got great memories – but I’m not too emotional yet.”

This Saturday it’s back to the serious business of battling for league points as Moffat and his Glens team-mates travel to Barrfields to face Largs Thistle. Kick-off is at 2pm.