Rovers boss mulls over the right formula

5011015 SSFF raith livvy 'Allan Walker and Grant Murray watch as the ball goes wide - Raith Rovers against Livingstone FC at Starks Park, Kirkcaldy
5011015 SSFF raith livvy 'Allan Walker and Grant Murray watch as the ball goes wide - Raith Rovers against Livingstone FC at Starks Park, Kirkcaldy
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RAITH boss John McGlynn is mulling over his team selection and tactics ahead of the trip to Firhill as he plots his team’s escape from the relegation zone.

Rovers missed the chance to climb off the foot of the First Division table with a home defeat to Livingston on Saturday, and McGlynn is considering changes in a bid to reverse fortunes.

“We had a good result against Hamilton, and then you give people the benefit of the doubt after the Ross County game, but Saturday didn’t go the way we wanted it to,” he said.

Systems

“That then leads you into looking at different systems and personnel, although it’s never easy because there are pros and cons to everything you do.

“When you’re winning team selection is consistent, but when you’re not winning it’s the opposite. You look to get the formula right – and that’s where we are at the moment.”

The current mood at Stark’s Park is in complete contrast to this time last season, when Rovers were locked in an epic title battle with derby rivals Dunfermline – but McGlynn insists that it is not all doom and gloom.

“No-one likes losing football matches so people are obviously disappointed, but there’s not a lot of points between us and sixth place,” he said.

“There’s 20 games to go to get away from this end of the table. There’s plenty time, but I certainly wouldn’t want to be leaving it until the last few games of the season.

Standard

“We need to get points on the board now, although at the moment, it’s not quite happening.

“It just shows standard of league that we’ve played fairly well in a number of games yet we are bottom. I think we’re better than that, but nearly every team could say that.

“It’s up to us to drag teams above us down. If we want to climb, we have to be very selfish, stick together and work hard.

“In my time here we’ve always been a very hard team to beat, and if we’ve strayed away from that, we certainly need to get it back.”

On the injury front, Rovers were hit with a double blow this week with the news that two players require surgery for the same problem.

Striker Brian Graham and on-loan Hearts midfielder Denis Prychynenko will both undergo hernia operations, with Graham due to go under the knife today (Thursday).

Graham is expected to be out for up to eight weeks, while Prychynenko will see a specialist on Monday, although he may have played his last game for the Kirkcaldy club with his loan deal set to expire in January.

“It’s a massive blow for the team, and for both players,” manager John McGlynn said. “They are going to lose all their fitness and try to get it back again for the last third of season.

“We’ll keep fingers our crossed that everything goes well because no doubt we’re going to need Brian later in the season.”

There is better news regarding Reece Donaldson, the young right back having completed 90 minutes for the under 19s on Sunday and is now available for first team selection.