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JOHN McGlynn has urged Raith Rovers fans to play their part in two crucial home games that could shape the club’s First Division title bid.

The league leaders welcome Partick on Saturday while their title rivals go head to head at Falkirk, before Cowdenbeath visit Stark’s Park on Tuesday.

And McGlynn hopes that two big turn-outs, along with a positive atmosphere inside Stark’s Park, can be the catalyst for six huge points.

“We had great backing from the fans in Dumfries, and that’s exactly the type of encouragement we’re looking for,” he said.

Stick together

“If we can all stick together it will benefit us in the long run, because we’re all in this for the same cause.

“There will be frustrating times. Not every pass will be great, not every shot will be on target, and not every defensive clearance will do its job, but we aim to do the best we possibly can.

“We need everyone to stick with the players and give them as much support and encouragement as possible.

“Unfortunately, the place was a bit eerie during the Stirling game. That will not help us.

“We’ve no divine right to beat any team. We have to earn the right to do that, and for that we need everyone pulling together.”

Thin cushion

Dunfermline’s draw with Ross County on Tuesday has given Raith a five-point lead at the top with 11 games to go, but McGlynn is refusing to get carried away.

“It’s a very thin cushion from where I’m standing,” he said. “We’ve just got to concentrate on ourselves – and that’s what we’ve done.

“We need to keep our heads down, work as a team, and focus on winning games.

“The next two games are a great opportunity to finish the third quarter on a high, but they are not easy, no game is, and we’ll only get out what we put in.”

Winger Scott McBride is ruled out of the Partick match, but Iain Davidson, Stephen Simmons, Laurie Ellis and Iain Williamson are all carrying knocks and will be given a chance to prove their fitness.

Chasing pack

McGlynn has backed his players to handle the pressure of leading the chasing pack.

He said: “We’ve been there to be shot at for a while now – and we’re still there. That speaks volumes for the players.

“They’ve shown they are mentally strong and resilient, especially in the manner they’ve bounced back after losing twice to Dundee.”