McGlynn bites back at Rovers’ doubters

0911019 SSFF raith stirling 'John Baird celebrates his winning goal - Raith Rovers against Stirling Albion FC at Starks Park, Kirkcaldy
0911019 SSFF raith stirling 'John Baird celebrates his winning goal - Raith Rovers against Stirling Albion FC at Starks Park, Kirkcaldy

JOHN McGlynn has hit back at critics who continue to dismiss Raith Rovers’ title ambitions.

McGlynn is fed-up with people writing off Rovers’ promotion chances, even though the Kirkcaldy team sits top of the First Division with 12 games remaining.

And he has urged his players to prove the doubters wrong.

McGlynn told SportsPress: “You try not to take notice, but the lack of credit we’ve been getting has been really disappointing.

“We’ve been top for most of the season, yet people just disregard us. Every football pundit has written us off. It’s now even gone as far as we don’t get a mention.

Siege mentality

“We have to use that positively as a siege mentality. Let’s show people and prove them wrong, because there’s no doubt if things don’t work out for us they will turn around and say ‘I told you so’.

“We never said we’ll win the league. We just want to go as far as we can. It would be nice to have some recognition for what we’re achieving with the third worst budget in the league, but people don’t want to give us it.”

Last week, Dunfermline director Jim Leishman told a west Fife newspaper that the Pars just had to finish above Falkirk to claim the league title.

McGlynn responded: “We’re getting that type of disrespect from everywhere, but there was similar disrespect from a certain owner at East Fife a few years back and that back-fired on them, so you never know.”

Minority

The Raith boss has also pleaded with fans to stick with the team, after a minority turned on the players during the narrow home win over Stirling on Saturday.

“We need to make Stark’s Park an intimidating place for opponents – and not for the home team,” he urged.

“We’ve got six home games left, a possible 18 points, so we need everyone to stick with us.

“There will be frustrating times but it’s even more important that home fans stick with us when there’s none of us getting any credit from anywhere.”

Rovers travel to Dumfries to face Queen of the South on Saturday, before welcoming Cowdenbeath to Stark’s Park on Tuesday night.

McGlynn added: “Queen’s have an outside chance of winning the title, and may see this as their last chance to peg back the leaders. We did very well there earlier in the season and if we can reproduce that level of performance that would be excellent.”

Rovers have injury doubts over Scott McBride (hamstring) and Iain Williamson (foot) while Iain Davidson is still banned.