RAITH Rovers boss Grant Murray has reminded his players that Saturday’s Scottish Cup tie against Deveronvale is a huge game - for both teams.
For the Highland League minnows from Banff, the fourth round clash is one of the biggest in their club’s history, and Murray stressed that Rovers must treat the game with the same respect.
“Every cup tie is a huge game for this club,” he told the Press.
“You only need to look at the financial situation at most clubs to see how important a cup run can be, and Raith Rovers is no different.
“The players don’t really think about that side of it when they are out on the pitch.
“They just want to win and get themselves in the hat for the next round.
“We know how good cup runs can be from getting to the semi-final a few years ago, and we realise how hard you have to work to get there.
“Knowing who we could potentially get in the next round is huge motivator for everyone at the club.”
Raith have reduced admission prices for the match and Murray stressed that a good turn-out of fans is important.
“We’ll need our fans behind us as you can’t underestimate anyone in a Scottish Cup tie,” he said.
“As soon as you do that your focus is not 100 per cent on the game.
“We know Deveronvale will be confident. They’ve already put out Peterhead and Stirling and will be thinking; why not Raith Rovers?
“They are coming here with a chance to get to the last 16, which they’ve already managed in 2006.
“We found out how well-organised these Highland League teams are up at Wick.
“We know it’s a very competitive league up there, so they will match us in that department.
“We’ve just got to concentrate and make sure we’re at our best.”
Murray also stressed that patience could be the key for Raith on Saturday.
“We’d love an early goal to settle the team and the crowd, but the game will not be won in the first 10 minutes,” he said.
“We got ourselves a replay against Airdrie because we scored in 92nd minute.”
Raith vice-chairman Turnbull Hutton added: “It’s a big game for us, and if we can get through, it could make a big difference to the whole club.”
The hamstring injury suffered by Laurie Ellis during the first half at Airdrie on Saturday is not as bad as first feared and he could be available for the Deveronvale match.
David McGurn is still only in light training as he battles back from a rib injury. Dougie Hill returns from suspension but Allan Walker is still banned.
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