Rovers return with three games in five days

BURNTISLAND;'Raith Rovers training;'Photo ; WALTER NEILSON
BURNTISLAND;'Raith Rovers training;'Photo ; WALTER NEILSON

RAITH Rovers pre-season preparations are set to step up a gear as the players finally get some games under their belts.

The team are set to take part in three rapid fire friendly matches in just five days.

Tomorrow night (Friday) Rovers are off to take on Arbroath at Gayfield, before facing Montrose at Links Park a mere 24 hours later.

And then on Tuesday Jim Bentley’s Morecambe, from League Two in England will be the visitors to Stark’s Park.

Rovers manager John McGlynn says that everyone at the club is eager to get down to some match action.

Speaking to Sportspress, McGlynn says that training has been going well.

He said: “Everyone has been working hard and thankfully there are no serious injuries to report. There are one or two niggles - that’s to be expected - but everyone is fit and raring to go.

“We like to do a lot of hard work in training and hopefully we’ll see it pay off on the pitch.”

Raring to go

McGlynn said that the players are now desperate to get playing again.

“You can train and train but getting onto the park is what it’s all about,” he said.

“The players, like myself are champing at the bit to get onto the pitch which is a great sign.”

McGlynn had hoped to add a couple of players from the SPL to the squad but as yet they have still to arrive.

He said: “We’re no further forward on that front at the moment.”

However the manager said that the upcoming friendlies are a good chance to get the other new faces involved.

He said: “We’ll be looking to the players to build up their match sharpness.

‘‘We’ve still got 10 players from last season which gives us a strong nucleus to build from.

Impress

“There are not too many new players though we’re delighted with our new signings, Joe Hammill and Brian Graham.

‘’The friendlies will give us a chance to get them involved and we’ll be giving some of the youngsters a chance to show us what they can do also.

“It’s an opportunity for them to find out what we’re all about and what their roles are within the structure of the team and the shape that we like to play.

“We’re all really looking forward to getting underway on Friday night.”