I have to play out my skin to keep no.1 shirt

Ross Laidlaw - Raith Rovers
Ross Laidlaw - Raith Rovers
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Standing in for David McGurn would be a daunting task for most goalkeepers.

But Ross Laidlaw admits he relishes the challenge of trying to displace the fans favourite as the club’s number one.

McGurn is expected to be out until the new year after tearing his achilles last month, and Laidlaw is looking to make the most of his chance in the first team.

“I’m really enjoying playing at the moment and I think I’m doing alright,” Laidlaw told the Press.

“The gaffer said that I’ve been doing well in training but I’ve had to bide my time.

“I’m obviously upset that Davie got hurt, but I’m glad I’ve got my chance to show what I can do.

“It’s added pressure when I’m playing every week because I know I have to play out my skin every week to try get a game ahead of Davie.

“It’s a good pressure - I enjoy it knowing that he’s there and I’ve got to fight to get better than him.

“Davie’s been different class with me since I came through the youth system and he’s given me a lot of tips in training.

“I owe a lot to him and goalkeeping coach Wayne Henderson.”

Laidlaw watched from the opposite end of the pitch on Saturday as Calum Elliot’s brace helped Raith come from behind to beat Queen of the South.

“The boys owe Calum for the victory,” Laidlaw said.

“After two defeats we knew we had to get the win so we’re glad we did.

“We missed a few chances - it’s been like that recently - but at least we’re getting into the right positions.

“Calum’s a great player and he sticks a few past me in training. He rubs it in as well, but he’s a good lad.

“He’s an unbelievable finisher, and he hits the ball so hard as well.

“He’s one of our best players. He’s doing really well this year for us.”

Laidlaw will be hoping to play his part as Raith travel to Dundee on Saturday for a Scottish Cup fourth round tie.

“We’ll hopefully get a better result than the league game a few weeks ago,” Laidlaw said.

“Eleven against 11 it will be a lot closer game, and confidence is high so we’ll be looking to get through.”