Rovers set for Survival Saturday

Brian Graham scores a penalty for Raith Rovers in the 3-2 win at Falkirk
Brian Graham scores a penalty for Raith Rovers in the 3-2 win at Falkirk

RAITH Rovers head into ‘Survival Saturday’ knowing that a win over Queen of the South will secure their first division status.

And manager John McGlynn has urged supporters to get right behind the team as it bids to end a difficult season on a high.

Raith’s thrilling 3-2 win in Falkirk – their first since 1998 – has lifted them three points clear of danger with two games left to play.

And the Kirkcaldy side can end all fears of relegation with a win this weekend as they have a huge goal difference advantage over ninth-placed Ayr United.

Merit

Should Ayr lose at home to Dundee, Rovers will be safe regardless, but McGlynn wants the team to stay up on its own merit – and avoid a nervy finish away to Morton.

“We have a great opportunity to cement our place in the league without having to go into a play-off situation,” McGlynn told the Press.

“And we would ask our supporters to be right behind the team from start to finish and to give us every ounce of encouragment and vocal support to help us.

“Everything comes down to Saturday – and we must finish the job.

“We have no control over other results, but our destiny is in our own hands.

“This is not what we wanted, and it shouldn’t be seen as a celebration, but if we can win this mini league of three it would be a success considering the situation we got ourselves into.

Dragged

“In a league of 10 it doesn’t take much to be dragged towards the bottom, then confidence goes and it becomes difficult to get out of.

“Virtually most the season we’ve been down there, but we’ve shown real spirit all the way through, and that will still have to be the case on Saturday.”

McGlynn has urged his players not to take rock bottom Queen’s lightly as the visitors may have lost 4-0 to Livingston last week, but they still harbour hopes of overtaking Ayr to avoid automatic demotion.

“We can’t get carried way because Queens will come here and fight for their lives,” he said.

“We have to be as committed, if not even more so, than we have been in recent weeks to make sure we don’t allow Queen’s to have an edge on us.

“We’re in good form, we just need to hold our nerve, show character, and express ourselves, but at the same time we need to battle for every ball because Queen’s will certainly be doing that.”

Rovers will be without Laurie Ellis for the last home game of the season after the defender suffered a broken jaw in the win at Falkirk, but they should be boosted by the return of Iain Davidson.

McGlynn said: “Iain’s probably not 100 per cent, but if called upon he will give his all.”