Raith players urged to fight for the jersey

4311036 SSFF raith qots 'Willie Dyer & Kevin Smith do the back-toback tango - Raith Rovers against Queen of the South at Starks Park, Kirkcaldy

4311036 SSFF raith qots 'Willie Dyer & Kevin Smith do the back-toback tango - Raith Rovers against Queen of the South at Starks Park, Kirkcaldy

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RAITH Rovers boss John McGlynn has questioned whether the lack of competition for places could be behind his team’s inconsistent start to the season.

The Kirkcaldy men are languishing in the bottom half of the First Division after three wins, three draws and four defeats in the opening 10 games, and McGlynn fears players may have fallen into a comfort zone.

He told SportsPress: “There’s not a great deal of competition, or ways to change personnel, so there’s not a lot of pressure on players in the team regarding fearing for their place.

Responsibility

“I would much prefer it if we had more competition – like we’ve always had – but the players are not daft. They know they need to take responsibility.

“They have to keep fighting for themselves, and for the club. If players are doing well, clubs get interested in them, and they may get a move similar to the one Gregory Tade has got. You don’t get that if you’re doing badly.

“It’s very well saying that I’m not under threat today because there’s not a big squad, but that’s very short-sighted.

“We need to keep working hard, and recognise that the performances against Livingston and Partick are the levels that we must strive to produce more often.”

Rovers have fallen below McGlynn’s standards more than once this season, but the manager believes his team should still claim points when below-par.

Grind out

“On days like Saturday when we’re not at our best we should still grind out a 0-0 and get a point,” he said.

“We seem to either be all on the top of our game, or all off the pace. It’s unlike us because over the years we have grinded out points here and there.

“Teams that are inconsistent end up at the lower end of the table, so it’s something we need to get over.”

Raith face Falkirk away on Saturday – a young team buoyed by League Cup wins over Rangers and Dundee United.

“Falkirk are the model for what we’re looking to do,” McGlynn said. “Stephen Pressley has had to cut back and throw in a lot of young players, but they have done very well.

“However, if they are unbeaten at home that’s just the type of thing that we like to go and change.”

Scott McBride remains sidelined with tendonitis in his knee, while Iain Davidson is an “extreme doubt” due to the groin injury he played through against Queen of the South.