Injury could force Raith into short-term signing

3711026 SSFF raith dundee 'Nicky Riley slams in a late goal to take all three points for Dundee - Raith Rovers against Dundee FC at Starks Park, Kirkcaldy
3711026 SSFF raith dundee 'Nicky Riley slams in a late goal to take all three points for Dundee - Raith Rovers against Dundee FC at Starks Park, Kirkcaldy
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RAITH Rovers could be forced into a short-term signing after suffering an injury in a key position.

Back-up goalkeeper Ross Laidlaw twisted his knee in an under 19 match on Sunday, leaving manager John McGlynn to either risk having no replacement in the squad this Saturday at Hamilton, or spend money he had put aside for a possible loan signing in order to provide cover for David McGurn.

“It’s a big concern for us,” McGlynn told SportsPress.

“We only have two goalkeepers and it doesn’t look like Ross will be available for the weekend, so we’ll have to draft in a goalkeeper.

“It’s difficult because I’ll need to use money I had set aside for possibly bringing in another outfield loan player, which isn’t clever.”

Losing sequence

McGlynn takes his side to New Douglas Park looking to end a three-game losing sequence.

“We’ve never been to play at Hamilton at first team level in my time here so it’s a game we’re looking forward to,” McGlynn said.

“They got their first defeat of season on Saturday, and will be looking to bounce back, same as we will.

“They have a couple of big players, McLaughlin and Mensing, back from suspension so it’s a big challenge for us.”

Despite losing their last two league games to Ayr and Dundee, Raith still find themselves third in Division One.

“That’s some consolation, but it only tells you that there is going to be very little in this league,” McGlynn explained.

“There will be a lot of drawn games, and games won by the odd-goal. That’s how thin a line there is.

“We’ve had two points snatched from us in the last two games, but we don’t have anyone to blame but ourselves.

“We need to show character and determination to bounce back from two sore defeats.

“We’ll look to win this match, take confidence from it, and kick on.”

Raith are still without the injured Iain Davidson, while Ross Callachan serves the second part of his two-match ban.