Ross Perry is looking forward to a ‘special’ night at Stark’s Park on Friday as he lines up against his former club for the first time.
The 24-year-old defender was signed by Raith Rovers following his release from Rangers in the summer and is excited to face his ex-team mates after shaking off a hamstring injury.
“There’s a lot of huge games this season but, on a personal note, playing against the team I spent more than 12 years at will be special,” he told the Press.
“Up until three months ago Rangers were the only professional team I’d played for. I’d been out on loan but I was still a signed Rangers player.
“I’ve never played against them before so it will be strange, but I’m really looking forward to it. I’ve got a lots of friends at the club - guys like Lee McCulloch and Kyle Hutton, who I’ve grown up with since I was 15-years-old.
“I’m sure there will be time for jokes but once the game starts everyone will be giving 100 per cent.”
Perry insists he has no desire to prove Rangers wrong for cancelling his contract in the summer following an injury-ravaged past two years.
“The only person I’m trying to prove a point to is myself,” he said.
“I’ve been injured for the best part of two years so I can only thank Grant Murray for giving me the opportunity to play.
“It’s been really good so far. I’ve played in most games and I’m enjoying my football just now.
“We’ve made a good start to the season and long may it continue.”
Despite recent heavy defeats to Hearts and Dundee, Perry insists Rovers are capable of taking positive result against Rangers.
“Obviously, it’s Rangers and it will be a hard game but we’ll be looking to impose ourselves on the game and give a good account of ourselves.
“We don’t want to just lie down when it comes to games against the big teams.”
Perry also insists that Rangers off-field troubles will not affect those in the dressing room.
“I went through it all a few years ago and even at the time when there was wage cuts, it was the football that let you get away from it all,” he said.
“That’s what the manager always wanted us to do - concentrate on the football and let him and the board take care of the other side of things.”