THE First Division title race hots up this weekend as two title rivals go head to head at Stark’s Park.
League leaders Raith Rovers, currently on a six-game unbeaten run in the league, entertain third-placed Falkirk in a match that could have a big say in who claims the championship in May.
The Bairns come to Kirkcaldy on the back of a terrible start to 2011 that saw the club knocked out the Scottish Cup and lose ground in the title race.
With so much at stake, Raith boss John McGlynn expects Falkirk to come out fighting on Saturday.
“They’ve had a bad few weeks, and they might well be wounded a bit, but I’m sure they’ll be looking to bite back into the title race,” he said.
“We’ve got to look after ourselves, and make sure we’re not feeling sorry for ourselves after Saturday.
“It was disappointing to draw when we had three points in the bag at half-time, but the bigger picture is that we’re still in a great situation.
“I want to get to the SPL – make no mistake about that – and we will do everything possible.
“But I keep on stressing how difficult games are in this league and how one break of a ball can be the difference between winning and losing a game.
“It was a last-minute free-kick that stopped us winning on Saturday, but then the previous week at Ross County their player hits the post in the last minute and we win the game.
“That’s how thin a line there is, but we’ve been consistent and worked hard for the results we’ve got. The harder you work the more breaks you get.”
Rovers could open a 13-point gap over Falkirk with victory, but McGlynn insists that would not be enough to eliminate Steven Pressley’s men from the title race.
“I’m sure many people would say that but I wouldn’t,” he said. “If any team hits a winning run between now and the end of the season they can get back into it.
“Many teams have been in a great position at this stage of the season but don’t go on to finish top.
“Inverness were a fair bit behind last season but went on a 22-game unbeaten run and won the league with 73 points. Anything can still happen.”
Iain Davidson is a doubt for Saturday after damaging his knee against Morton.