Raith ready for Ibrox trip

Grant Murray's Raith will travel west on Saturday to face Ally McCoist's Gers.
Grant Murray's Raith will travel west on Saturday to face Ally McCoist's Gers.

Raith boss Grant Murray and his skipper Jason Thomson agree that Saturday’s trip to Ibrox holds no fears for them.

This weekend, Raith will make their first journey to face Rangers on league business since the 1996-97 season.

The two met at Stark’s in September, with Raith going down with a whimper in a 4-0 defeat.

However, the Raith gaffer and captain say they have no doubts the side is capable of returning to the Kingdom with something from their trip west.

Murray said: “Going to places like Ibrox is fantastic for clubs like ourselves and the players.

“We’ll get ourselves picked up after the Queen of the South defeat and get ready for it and deal with the injury situation that we have.

“On Saturday we’ll be going to Ibrox, and we’ll be heading there to be positive.

“We’ve been creating chances, against Falkirk in particular, and that was maybe a missed opportunity, with points dropped.

“We’re happy enough with the way we’re performing in games apart from the Hearts and last Rangers game, where we maybe let ourselves down.”

Raith head across to face a Rangers side which finds itself nine points behind early pace-setters Hearts.

Ally McCoist’s men haven’t been firing on all cylinders as of yet, and Thomson is determined they won’t be allowed to start at 3.00p.m. on Saturday.

He said: “Teams have gone to Ibrox this season and given them a hard time – and we’ll be no different.

“We’re under no illusions that it’ll be a tough, tough afternoon, but those are the kind of games you want.

“We’ll certainly be prepared for it and have a confidence that we can do something across there.”

Raith’s injury list – which still includes the influential Dougie Hill as he battles back to full fitness – has been added to with Christian Nade being stretchered off during Friday night’s game.

Craig Barr and Kevin Cuthbert are out, while Ross Perry also continues his return to fitness.

The club has announced that the forthcoming home game against Alloa on October 25 will be a ‘Roary Club family day’ in the North Stand.

Roary Club members will get in for free and brothers and sisters only £1 to the North Stand from 1.30p.m. where there will be lots of fun activities pre-match.