Mitch looks to ditch Raith super-sub tag

Mitch Megginson came off the bench at Alloa recently to set up Raith's winner. Credit - fife photo agency -
Mitch Megginson came off the bench at Alloa recently to set up Raith's winner. Credit - fife photo agency -

Raith Rovers striker Mitch Megginson hopes to ditch the super-sub tag by winning a place in Ray McKinnon’s starting XI.

The 23-year-old has made several positive contributions from the bench in recent weeks, helping to turn games in Rovers’ favour with his pace and energy.

Megginson has yet to start a league game under McKinnon since joining from Dumbarton in the summer, but he has been given assurances that his opportunity will come.

“Obviously I’m disppointed not to start games, but the gaffer spoke to me and said, ‘you’re doing brilliant, you will get your chance soon’,” Megginson said.

“Hopefully he gives me a start in the next game and I can go and show him what I can do from the start.”

Megginson set up the winner against Alloa last week just 30 seconds after coming off the bench, and was on the park for just five minutes before Raith hit back against Hibs on Saturday. His lack of starts does not appear to have affected his confidence.

“You can’t let it get to you,” he said. “It’s just part of football.

“I’m obviously down when I’m not starting but it’s all my mates in there, so I’ve got to be part of the team.

“I want to do well and impress, and the only time I get to is when I come off the bench, so I’ve just got to show what I can do.

“It shows the resources we’ve got that we’ve got boys who can come off the bench and change games.”

Megginson insists there is a squad mentality at Raith, adding: “We are as a one here.

“We were all new to each other at the start of the season which meant we all bonded straight away.

“It’s one of the best groups I’ve worked with, from the gaffer all the way to the bottom.

“We go into every game beleiving we can win it.”

Rovers travel to Livingston on Saturday looking to bounce back to winning ways after Saturday’s loss to Hibs.

“It won’t be easy but we know we’ve got the quality to go and win that game,” Megginson said.

“If you get anything against Hibs and Rangers you’re delighted, but it’s the other games where you want to pick up three points, and against anyone else we would expect to get the win.”