STRIKER Ryan Nisbet is hoping Kilwinning Rangers can mount a title challenge after scoring a glorious hat-trick.

The former Ayr United front man was in top form as Buffs defeated hosts Arthurlie 4-1 to rack up their fifth victory out of seven in the Super Premier Division.

He is delighted with the team's progress and said: "We are playing well and we have a good team spirit and there's competition for places. It was great to get a hat-trick - that's my first in junior football. We are in good form and that was another good result. The only real disappointment is losing to Pollok at home - that's a game I feel we could win."

Added Nisbet: "Hopefully we can challenge for the league but we have a run of five very tough away games in a row and that will determine how we do,"

Team-mate and fellow striker Bryan Boylan is going all out for glory with Scotland in the Umbro Quadrangular Tournament this week.

Scotland play Northern Ireland at McKenna Park today (Wednesday), ko 2.30pm, before hosting Northern Ireland at New Western Park tomorrow (Thursday), ko 7pm and Isle of Man at Newlandsfield Park on Saturday, ko 2.30pm.

He said: "It was another good win for us at Arthurlie and hopefully we can win silverware. I look forward to the Quadrangular event and I aim for nine points out of nine. The key game is against the Republic of Ireland. If we can win that we will have a chance."

Meanwhile Buffs boss Chris Strain was happy with the weekend victory and said: "It was a good win although I still don't feel we were at our best."