PREMIER Division high-flyers Kilwinning Rangers are planning to install floodlights to help improve facilities at Abbey Park.

But they are hoping to secure grant funding to help complete the £12,000 project.

The exciting new facilities are set to see the introduction of night games involving the Junior team and matches featuring youth teams attached to the club.

Third-placed Buffs announced plans to introduce three new floodlights on Monday night and have applied for grant support.

The groundworks and electrical installations will be carried out by the club's Regeneration team of volunteers, whose ages range from 14 to 74.

Fans and supporters will help fund the project, although it is hoped to secure additional backing of up to £5000 through Aviva Community Projects.

Secretary Charles Brown said: "We have planning permission for the facility and have applied for funding support through Aviva. We will find out if we are successful next month. The more votes we get from supporters on Facebook the more chance we have of being successful. The lights would allow night time games featuring youth teams and the Junior side and are part of our ongoing improvements."

Meanwhile back on the field Buffs host Super First Division side Larkhall Thistle in the second round of the Scottish Junior Cup on Saturday.

However boss Chris Strain is taking nothing for granted and said: "They got promotion last season and have had them watched, they are good in the forward area and this is a potential banana skin. But hopefully we will get through."

Michael Wardrope is ruled out with a calf injury while Ben Lewis is doubtful with a knee and ankle injury.