Goals galore in the life of Brian

KIRKCALDY ;'Raith Rovers v Greenock Morton ;'Brian Graham celebrates 1st goal'Photographer ; Walter Neilson
KIRKCALDY ;'Raith Rovers v Greenock Morton ;'Brian Graham celebrates 1st goal'Photographer ; Walter Neilson

BRIAN Graham is enjoying the best scoring form of his career and declared “long may it continue”.

A double against Morton on Saturday took his season’s tally to 17, which added to the nine he grabbed towards the end of last season means he has scored 26 goals in his last 28 competitive appearances.

That stunning ratio puts him among Scotland’s most prolific strikers and with the January transfer window looming, there is certain to be speculation about possible interest from bigger clubs.

Graham, however, is happy to stay focused on his job at Raith.

“It’s the best start to a season I’ve had,” he told the Press.

“When you’re in this form, whenever a chance comes your way you just think you’re going to score.

“Long may that continue because when I first signed, let’s be honest, I couldn’t buy a goal.

“I got injured, had an operation, and since then I’ve never looked back.

“17 goals isn’t bad but I need to keep it going.

“There’s still a long season to go and I want to kick on and get more.”

Graham stressed that he is not looking to put himself in the shop window.

He said: “I know January is coming up but I just need to keep doing what I’m doing at Raith.

“I can’t really look ahead because you never know what’s around the corner.

“I’ve just got to keep battling away here, and I’m really enjoying it. The fans are great and it’s a good club to be at.

Publicity

“Guys like Tade and Bairdy have gone onto play in the SPL and obviously you want to go as high as you can in your career.

“At the moment I’m scoring goals and getting publicity but I can’t get carried away.

“I just need to keep doing my job and working hard.”

Graham’s brace on Saturday helped Raith claim a point from a match that Morton largely dominated.

“When we took the lead with five minutes to go I thought we would have held on but in fairness to Morton they have bossed most of the game and deserved their point,” Graham said.

“We showed great character to get ourselves back from 2-1 down to lead 3-2, but you’ve go to give credit to Morton. Some of the stuff they played was brilliant.

“They have a good team with good experience and they will be right up there at the end of the season.”

Graham was particularly pleased to find the net against his former club, and he milked his celebration in front of the Morton fans after equalising at 1-1.

“I scored two against them here last season so their fans were giving me a bit of stick,” he revealed.

“I enjoy all that. They can call me every name under the sun but as long as I keep scoring against them I don’t care!”

Raith travel to Firhill to face league favourites Partick Thistle on Saturday.

“It’s another tough place to go,” Graham added.

“Partick are flying as well, but hopefully we can go and get a result.

“We lost three goals in seven minutes last time we played there, and that really knocked the stuffing out of us.

“But we have some great characters and great players in there so we’ll look to get the three points.

“In the first division anybody can beat anybody, so we’ve got to go there with high hopes and believe in our ability.”