RAITH Rovers boss John McGlynn wants his team to avoid becoming victims of new manager syndrome in Livingston this Saturday.
The West Lothian club hit the news this week following the high-profile appointments of John Hughes and John Collins, and McGlynn expects the Lions players to raise their game to try and impress the new bosses.
But the Raith gaffer has his own agenda, and it involves spoiling the former Hibs pair’s return to football by taking three valuable points back to Kirkcaldy.
“I know John Hughes very well as we were on the same pro-licence course a few years back, and he’s a larger than life character,” McGlynn told SportsPress.
“He’s done a good job wherever he’s been, so I’m sure he’ll do a good job at Livingston – but hopefully it starts after five o’clock on Saturday.
“Their players have maybe got a lift from it, but at the same time, maybe our guys will get a lift as well. It might put more pressure on the Livi players as expectations will be higher.
“We’re certainly playing well enough to go there and cause them problems.
“The timing is maybe not great for us, but we’re looking to get this victory, kick on, and close the gap on teams above us.”
Rovers go into the match on the back of three consecutive draws and McGlynn believes his team is due a win.
“We try to win every football match we go into – the last three have been no different,” he said.
“In our first four league games of 2012, we’ve played the top three teams in the league, and acquitted ourselves very well in all these games.
“I’ve said for a long time we’re not far away, and I still believe that. You can see we’re playing with passion and pride, and producing some good football.
“It’s there, we’re just needing a wee break really.”
Rovers face a test of character in the upcoming week with three games in seven days, including Tuesday night’s rescheduled fixture in Hamilton, however McGlynn remains undaunted by the hectic fixture schedule.
He said: “There’s nine points to be got in a week, and the league table could look different if we were to take the majority of them – that has to be our motivation.”
McGlynn is hopeful Saturday’s goalscorer Jamie Walker will shake off an ankle knock in time to feature against Livingston.
He added: “Jamie came on and gave us the spark we needed, and we’re hopeful his injury is not going to be cause for too much concern.”