McGlynn: One win and we’ll kick on

0412010 SSFF raith falkirk 'celebrations for John Baird's goal as Steven Pressley, Alex Smith & Stevie Crawford look on stoically - Raith Rovers against Falkirk FC at Starks Park, Kirkcaldy
0412010 SSFF raith falkirk 'celebrations for John Baird's goal as Steven Pressley, Alex Smith & Stevie Crawford look on stoically - Raith Rovers against Falkirk FC at Starks Park, Kirkcaldy

RAITH Rovers manager John McGlynn is adamant his team is one win away from turning the corner.

Rovers have drawn three of their last four league games and are stuck in eighth place having played two more games than the teams directly above and below them.

However, McGlynn believes that a victory at Hamilton this Saturday could give his team lift off.

“I’m very optimistic with regards to getting a victory, building on it, and kicking on,” he told SportsPress.

“There’s been a gradual improvement in recent weeks, and I hope everyone can see we’re heading in the right direction.

Hunger

“There’s a spirit, desire and hunger there, and we’re playing decent football.

“Getting that victory and the confidence we would gain from that should then see us improving even more.

“If we keep everyone fit and avoid any more key injuries, I’m confident we’ll get as comfortable an end to the season as we can.”

With just a week to go until the close of the January window there have been no approaches for any of Rovers star players.

McGlynn is unlikely to bring in any more new faces to Stark’s Park to boost his team’s bid for survival, after admitting that the club’s financial position remains grim.

“With a bit of ducking and diving we managed to get the Hearts players on loan, and directors have put their hands in their pockets to bring Casalinuovo in – but I can’t keep going back to them,” McGlynn said.

Wages

“They’ve enough to do just trying to pay the wages – and they’ve already had to put their hands in their pockets to do that this season.

“The crowd against Falkirk wasn’t great and I understand it’s the third week of January and some people haven’t been paid since Christmas.

“But our next home games are against Ross County – who don’t bring many fans – and Partick Thistle so we really need good crowds at these games to allow us to survive, basically.

“It’s no secret. Turnbull Hutton spoke earlier in the season about the challenges the club was facing in terms of making ends meet.

“The recession is hitting everyone hard, and the football club is feeling it, but if people want their team to survive they have to come out and support it.”

Striker Brian Graham could return to the bench this Saturday after completing his recovery from a hernia operation. Raith boss John McGlynn said: “I’ve never seen anyone so desperate to get back playing.

“He’ll give our strikers a run for their money.”