Raith boss calls for big promotion push

1311034 SSFF falkirk raith 'Grant Murray and Thomas McManus - Raith Rovers against Falkirk FC at the Falkirk Stadium, Falkirk
1311034 SSFF falkirk raith 'Grant Murray and Thomas McManus - Raith Rovers against Falkirk FC at the Falkirk Stadium, Falkirk

RAITH Rovers have been knocked off the top of the First Division for the first time since January but manager John McGlynn would not swap his team’s position.

Dunfermline’s injury-time winner against Ross County on Tuesday put the Pars two points clear but Rovers have a game in hand.

And with their destiny still in their own hands, McGlynn believes that Rovers remain best-placed to win the title.

“We expected to be knocked off the top on Tuesday,” he said. “It’s now up to us to pick up the pieces. We have a game in hand to try and capitalise and get back.

Opportunity

“It’s still in our own hands to do this. If we win six games of football, then we’ll finish top, and that’s an opportunity we want to take.

“Three home games, three away games – we’re comfortable with that.

“I wouldn’t change our position for any other teams in the league. We have to make sure in the next six games we finish the job.”

Both Raith and Dunfermline have dropped points in recent weeks but Rovers record of taking just 11 points from the last 24 has proved a costly run.

“You’re not going to win the league dropping too many points,” McGlynn said. “That wouldn’t be normal.

“It’s frustrating that we have not been able to accumulate more points that would have had us in a good position, but Dunfermline will be saying the same.

Cashed in

“We’ve not cashed in when they’ve slipped up, and they’ve not really cashed in when we’ve slipped up. It’s because the other teams are so close to us.”

In order to keep their title bid on track, Rovers will have to manage what no other side has in 23 league games – beat Dundee.

The Dens Park side are expected to send an under-strength side to Stark’s Park, but McGlynn was adamant that they are no less of a threat.

“They beat us twice recently and I said at the time they were the best team we’ve played,” he said.

“No matter what team they put out it will be a difficult game.

“Dundee will still have a top class goalkeeper, a top class back four and guys like Harkins and O’Donnell on the pitch.

“They’ll have backbone of a team and if they bring in younger players they’ll give everything for the cause.

“Make no mistake this is a crucial game and no-one, be it players, fans or coaching staff can take it lightly at all.”