Striker has the last laugh as Raith get off to perfect start

Christian Nade celebrates scoring against Dumbarton
Christian Nade celebrates scoring against Dumbarton
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Nade shines on Raith league bow

Christian Nade hit the ground running on his Raith Rovers league debut on Saturday and now can’t wait to get his teeth into the rest of the season.

The Raith striker put in a man-of-the-match performance against Dumbarton at Stark’s Park and rounded off his impressive display with a well-deserved goal.

The former Hearts and Dundee striker admitted the three points picked up over Iain Murray’s men was the perfect to start to what will no doubt prove to be a tough Championship campaign.

He said: “I was happy to be man-of-the-match but the most important thing is that we started the season well.

“I thought we played really well in the second half and deserved the three points.

“It’s only the beginning of the season and it’s difficult to judge, but I think we have a great squad here.

“We showed against Dumbarton how good we are and what we can do this season, so now it’s just up to us to keep doing it on the pitch.”

Raith bounced back in style with their 3-1 win over the Sons, which had come on the back of the Rovers going out of the Petrofac Training Cup to Dunfermline in midweek.

Nade said the win was the perfect response to that disappointment.

“It was important to us that we showed the fans that game was just a mistake,” he said.

“We started well against Dumbarton and everybody was fighting on the pitch and pushing the same way.

“That’s good for the team.”

Nade took the opportunity following the Dumbarton victory to answer back to a few of his critics who continue to snipe at him from his time at Hearts.

The striker said he was proud of what he achieved at Tynecastle.

“When I was at Hearts, the coach there made me play in positions that I didn’t like and hadn’t played before,” he said.

“I was playing there with a hernia, so I couldn’t show what I could do.

“But this year is completely different.

“I played six months with Dundee, did well, and I’m still working hard.

“The most important thing for us this season won’t be Hearts, Rangers or Hibs; it’ll be beating teams like Dumbarton, Queen of the South and Falkirk. We’ll let the others fight each other.”