BEWARE: THIS TABLE DOES LIE

0611038 SSFF albion raith 'celebrations begin for Alan Walkers goal - Raith Rovers against Stirling Albion FC at Forthbank Stadium, Stirling
0611038 SSFF albion raith 'celebrations begin for Alan Walkers goal - Raith Rovers against Stirling Albion FC at Forthbank Stadium, Stirling

THE LEAGUE table never lies ... only in Saturday’s case it most definitely does.

Raith Rovers travel to second bottom Dundee to face a side in title-winning form.

The Dens Park men would be leading the First Division on goal difference were it not for the 25-point deduction they received for going into administration.

Raith boss John McGlynn is treating Saturday’s opponent, who this week secured a deal with creditors to stave off extinction, as genuine title rivals.

He told SportsPress: “Dundee have had an up and down season on and off the pitch, but their form since went into administration is excellent.

Top two

“This is the top two teams in the league playing against each other. We want to stay unbeaten away, and Dundee will want to keep their unbeaten home record, hopefully that spells out for a good game.”

McGlynn is full of admiration for the way Dundee’s squad have handled their off field problems.

“It could have been easy for them to feel sorry for themselves and get down about it, but they’ve done the opposite,” he said.

“They’ve gathered their spirits and developed a siege mentality, which is the way to do it.

“Their record is fantastic. They’re not losing goals, and earning a lot of narrow victories like us, but they’re all important.

“Barry Smith is a young, inexperienced manager, but was a very experienced player. He’s managed to get the team to gel and play for each other.”

Still unbeaten

Manchester United’s defeat to Wolves on Saturday was significant to Raith as it leaves the Kirkcaldy side as the only team in Britain still unbeaten away from home this season.

McGlynn said: “We just been carrying on with our business each week, then all of a sudden you’re the only team left in Britain, and everyone takes notice.

“We just want to keep it in the background andd continue to do what we’ve been doing. Once you start paying attention to this sort of thing you can take your eye off the ball, because you think you’ve achieved something.

“You don’t get any medals, or an extra points for it. It’s a nice thing to have, but there’s a long way to go.”

Raith hope Mark Campbell recovers from the injury picked up in Saturday’s win at Stirling.

McGlynn said: “He felt a hamstring injury coming on, but it turns out to be a nervous thing coming from his back.

“It’s difficult to say if he’s out for weekend or not.”