Raith boss hanging up boots - for now

4112002 SSFF raith dumbarton 'Grant Murray issues instructions from the dugout - Raith Rovers against Dumbarton FC at Starks Park, Kirkcaldy
4112002 SSFF raith dumbarton 'Grant Murray issues instructions from the dugout - Raith Rovers against Dumbarton FC at Starks Park, Kirkcaldy

RAITH Rovers boss Grant Murray is putting his boots to one side in a bid to become a successful manager.

Murray was initially appointed as the club’s player-boss in the summer, but he has only featured in three games so far this season.

He has been a virtual ever-present in the side since signing in 2009, but at the age of 37, Murray is happy to restrict his role to the dug-out – for now.

“I’m at an age now where my playing career is coming to an end,” he told the Press.

“I’d love to play as long as I can, but the board at Raith have given me a great opportunity, and I’ve got to give it 100 per cent effort and attention.

“If it means taking a step back from the playing side then I’ve not got a problem with that.

“At the end of the day, I feel I’ve got a squad of players capable of keeping me out the team.

“That’s not to say I’ve hung up the boots. I still train every day and like to keep myself fit.

“I’m still available as a player, and I’m sure there will come a time in season where we’ll be down to the bare bones one week.”

Murray has experienced plenty emotions in his first few months in the hot seat, most recently frustration and disappointment following two home draws with Partick and Dumbarton.

On both occasions, Raith came within touching distance of victory only to concede last minute equalisers.

“Over the course of a season every team can look back and say that they could’ve picked up points here, there and everywhere,” he said.

“The last two games fall into that category, but it’s about doing it when you’re on the pitch - and getting those points on the board.

“We were disappointed with how Partick got their equaliser, but the way we lost the goal against Dumbarton was even more disappointing.

“It was a game that could have been seen out, and we’ve got to be a wee bit cuter in those situations.

“Whether it’s keeping the ball in a high area, or not committing so many bodies forward, its something as a team we need to learn from.

“Credit to Dumbarton they came out in the second half and played well, but the points were there to be won if we’d gone about our business properly.”