SET A COURSE FOR ROUTE 66

1111065 SSFF raith cowden 'John Baird's goal-bound header gives Rovers three points - Raith Rovers against Cowdenbeath FC at Starks Park, Kirkcaldy
1111065 SSFF raith cowden 'John Baird's goal-bound header gives Rovers three points - Raith Rovers against Cowdenbeath FC at Starks Park, Kirkcaldy
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RAITH Rovers boss John McGlynn hopes his team can take route 66 to the SPL.

McGlynn has identified 66 points as the potential target for promotion – a number that would require Rovers to claim 15 points from their final nine games.

That figure is lower than the 73 points gained by last season’s champions Inverness, but with none of the three teams left in the title race displaying obvious title-winning form, McGlynn believes a modest points haul could be enough.

“No-one seems to be playing with great momentum or confidence,” he said. “We’ve all been stuttering.

Stuttering

“But all the credit for that goes to the rest of the teams in the league. As we’ve said all along, there are no easy games.

“Teams are very closely matched so you’ll see points dropped between now and the end of the season.

“If you look at the form book, 15 points from the last quarter might be enough, all depending on how Falkirk and Dunfermline do.

“If we were to reach 66 points, Dunfermline would need to get 20 points from their last nine games, which might be a tall order.

“Four points at the moment is a reasonable lead to have, it shows we’ve had a really good season so far, but anything is still possible.”

This week has been typical of Rovers’ recent Jekyll & Hyde form with a home defeat to Partick followed by a derby win over Cowdenbeath.

Response

“The most pleasing thing about Tuesday was the response to Saturday,” McGlynn said.

“We turned up with a get up and go attitude, and we played with great spirit and commitment.

“The players have made mistakes, but if they didn’t they’d be playing for Barcelona. Our lads are not on fortunes. We are still punching above our weight.”

Laurie Ellis looks certain to miss the trip to Morton after picking up a calf injury against Cowdenbeath, but Gregory Tade is expected to recover from a rib injury in time.

There may be a return to the squad for winger Scott McBride, who was due to train tonight (Thursday) after missing the last two weeks with a hamstring strain. The foot injury currently sidelining Iain Williamson could take another month to heal.

McGlynn said: “Morton have picked up recently which I knew they would. They have good players and a good manager.

“They will be buoyant going into the game, but our away form is really good and we’ll need to maintain that to keep our title challenge on course.”