First senior goal tops Callachan’s Christmas wish list

Ross Callachan is delighted to be back in the Raith team - now he just wants a goal. Pic: Fife Photo Agency
Ross Callachan is delighted to be back in the Raith team - now he just wants a goal. Pic: Fife Photo Agency

A month ago, Ross Callachan looked to be on his way out of Raith Rovers.

Fast forward a few weeks and the 21-year-old has now started three consecutive games in the Raith midfield, earning good reviews for his performances, and praise from manager Grant Murray, despite three defeats.

Callachan is now hoping not only to keep his place in the side, but also score his first goal in senior football - something that has managed to elude him despite his best efforts in 24 starts for the club.

“It’s good to be back playing,” Callachan told the Press.

“I’ve been patient, kept my head down and waited for my chance so it’s good to be getting a start and doing well.

“I’ve had good feedback from the fans, which helps your confidence, but I just feel like I need a goal now to kick on.

“I’m trying my best. I’ve had so many shots - last week I thought I was unlucky with a couple.

“I’ve scored a few goals in development games so I can do it, I maybe just need to shank one in the net or get a lucky deflection to get me off and running.

“I just need to keep going and keep trying.”

Callachan’s return to the side proved to be a baptism of fire in the 5-1 home defeat to Livingston, but he has been a key part of Rovers’ improved performances, if not results, in the last two games.

“We’re getting performances, which is a plus, but we just need that win to kick on,” he said.

“We were unlucky last week at Dumbarton, we played really well I thought, and kept the ball.

“I don’t think anyone on the pitch thought it was a penalty at the end, and I spoke to the ref after the game and even he wasn’t sure. Things are just going against us at the moment.

“We had another good performance in spells against Hibs, we just needed to take our chances when we were on top in the game.

“We let ourselves down at their second and third goals because we switch off, but we can take confidence from the performance.”