McGlynn urges Raith fans to respond to results

3311040 SSFF qots raith 'John Baird celebrates his second goal - Raith Rovers against Queen of the South at Palmerston Park, Dumfries
3311040 SSFF qots raith 'John Baird celebrates his second goal - Raith Rovers against Queen of the South at Palmerston Park, Dumfries
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RAITH Rovers hope that their flying start to the new First Division season will encourage hard-up fans to part with their cash.

Only 1500 home fans turned out for the first league match against Falkirk a fortnight ago, considerably less than the club expected, while season tickets sales are also down on last season.

But with two wins already in the bank, and an attractive brand of football earning widespread praise, manager John McGlynn hopes for a bigger turn-out this Saturday against Morton.

“It’s still very early but we’ve hopefully given the fans some optimism that it’s not all doom and gloom,” he said.

“Even though we’ve lost so many players we’re playing if not as good, maybe even a better style of football.

Encourage

“I’d certainly encourage our fans to come back. I appreciate that, for some, it will be because, financially, they can’t.

“It’s still difficult times for everyone. However, if you love your football club, then the club needs money to survive.

“Attendances were down all last season at most clubs, and it seems like clubs have started in that vein again.

“It becomes really difficult to sustain what you’re doing so it’s really important that people can scrape up the money, and give the team support.”

Rovers unblemished record is sure to be put to the test this Saturday by a Morton side that have yet to concede a goal from open play this season, while they have hit the net 18 times in five games.

Respect

McGlynn said: “We need to give them as much respect as possible, however, we’re very happy with our own performances right now, and we want to keep it going.

“Two wins out of two is great, but if it ends up two wins out of four it won’t be such a good start.

“Both teams are going well so something might give, but we’re at home and want to build on our two wins and keep everything going in a positive manner.”

A player singled out for praise was Iain Williamson, with McGlynn agreeing that the winger has stepped up his game this season.

“He’s hit the ground running and, crucially, not picked up any injuries,” he said. “He’s the type of lad who needs to be at every training session and playing as much as he possibly can.

“Unfortunately, when he gets an injury he takes a bit longer to get going again. That’s derailed him a bit over the last few years, but I’m delighted he’s flying at the minute. He’s playing the role very well.”