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Fraser Mullen, pictured tackling Morton striker Garry O'Connor, made his Raith Rovers debut at Cappielow on Saturday
Fraser Mullen, pictured tackling Morton striker Garry O'Connor, made his Raith Rovers debut at Cappielow on Saturday

Raith Rovers manager Grant Murray is still hopeful of adding to his squad this month as he looks to keep the club’s play-off push on track.

The Rovers boss made his first move of the January transfer window last Friday, snapping up released Hibs right back Fraser Mullen until the end of the season.

The 20-year-old made his debut in the 0-0 draw with Morton, and Murray is keen to bring at least one more fresh face to the club before the window closes.

Eric Drysdale, Rovers chief executive, told the Press: “We have been looking at other potential targets.

“There was one we were talking to but he is not proceeding - so there’s no news at the moment.

“If we can get the right quality of player to add to the squad in the right position then we’ll make a move. If not, then we’ll be quite happy to proceed with what we’ve got.”

Murray takes his side to Dumfries on Saturday looking for a repeat of the 1-0 away win over Queen of the South in September.

“It should give us belief because going away from home in this league is very difficult,” he said.

“Playing on astroturf is a difference for our guys and Queen’s are used to playing on it every other week.

“But that’s not a factor I don’t think because you’ve just got to deal with it when you go down there. We did perform well down there last time.

“We kept a clean sheet, got ourselves 1-0 up and we went on to take the three points, so I’d settle for that right now.”

Queen’s are currently eighth in the table but a win on Saturday would see them close to within two points of Raith - with a game in hand.

“I’ve said before, a couple of defeats and you can find yourself down the league,” Murray said. “We haven’t dropped places but other teams have been allowed to win games and make it very close.

“From eighth to third it’s very close, and first and second is very close, so there’s nothing in it.

“But as I’ve stressed to our players, it’s about what we do.”

Captain Jason Thomson returns to the squad after serving a one-match ban. Calum Elliot has also recovered from a heavy cold that forced him to miss training last week, and saw him substituted early in the Morton game.