The defender spent most of last season at Somerset Park after making a temporary switch there and it was a successful time for the Cumnock youngster.
Making 24 appearances in total for the Honest Men, he scored three times and all of his goals came against East Fife.
McAusland then returned to Ibrox at the end of the campaign to join the squad which went on to reach the semi-finals of the Hong Kong Soccer Sevens.
From there, he pushed into the first-team squad in pre-season and played a part in all bar one of the club’s eight summer friendlies.
He also made his competitive debut in the 4-0 Ramsdens Cup win over Albion Rovers and made three other starts along with two substitute appearances.
McAusland has since lost his place at right-back to Richard Foster, however, and hasn’t featured since the 5-0 win over East Fife on August 31.
Restricted to appearances for the under-20 side in recent weeks, the 20-year-old has found himself frustrated in his attempts to win back a place in the team.
As such, he has taken the opportunity to join up with Mark Roberts’ squad on a 93-day emergency arrangement and paperwork was completed yesterday.
McAusland will make his second Ayr debut today when they host Arbroath, although he won’t be allowed to face Gers as part of his contract with United.
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