Callachan ready to return to Raith starting line-up

Ross Callachan, Raith Rovers.  Credit -  Fife Photo Agency -
Ross Callachan, Raith Rovers. Credit - Fife Photo Agency -
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Ross Callachan reckons he is ready to start games after making his long-awaited Raith Rovers comeback as a second half substitute last Saturday.

The midfielder dislocated his shoulder in a freak accident in August, but after a 20-minute appearance at the end of the defeat to Falkirk, Callachan is keen to get back in the side after three months out.

“It was a nightmare - the worst day ever,” said the 22-year-old.

“I was down at the local country park with my mum, girlfriend, and wee baby.

“I’ve went down a wee rock, put my hand out, and my shoulder has came right out of place.

“I was in the middle of nowhere so it was the worst place to ever do it.

“I was in a sling for three weeks, which was boring because I couldn’t do anything.

“But these things happen in life. It’s just about getting back fit, and happy I’m back.

“I’ve had a couple of development games; I played against Dundee United a couple of weeks ago and Stenhousemuir last week, which has helped get my fitness back.

“It’s just about getting sharp on the ball again. I felt alright when I came on against Falkirk so I feel like I’m nearly there.

“Another reserve game this week and I’ll be ready to start for the first team again.

“I just want to get started again so hopefully the manager puts me back in soon, and I can kick on from there.”

Raith have followed a five-game winning run with three defeats in a row and Callachan admitted the dressing room was ‘gutted’ on Saturday.

“We haven’t won since I came back into the squad so I don’t know what’s happening!” he said.

“I thought we deserved something from Saturday’s game. The performance was good but the result let us down.

“We made two mistakes and Falkirk are the type of team that will punish you for that.

“We had a chance at the end with big Jon Daly - if he scores that it’s a happier changing room.

“We just need to more consistent and have less mistakes throughout the whole squad.”

Raith were inactive at the weekend after the home clash with St Mirren was postponed until Tuesday, November 24 due to the Paisley club’s U21 call-ups.

Rovers are next in action this Saturday, away to Dumbarton.