THIS SEASON IS OUR BIG CHANCE

0811054 SSFF raith dundee 'Gregory Tade in action - Raith Rovers against Dundee FC at Starks Park, Kirkcaldy
0811054 SSFF raith dundee 'Gregory Tade in action - Raith Rovers against Dundee FC at Starks Park, Kirkcaldy
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RAITH Rovers manager John McGlynn has rallied his troops for the title run-in after the midweek loss to Dundee.

After watching the Dens Park men dismantle his team on Tuesday night, McGlynn declared Dundee the best side in the First Division – but a 25 point deduction has ruled them out of the title race.

And McGlynn believes this has opened the door for the Kirkcaldy side to win the league while conceding to Dundee’s superiority.

Superiority

“We’ve got to hold our hands up and say Dundee are a very good side,” McGlynn told SportsPress. “Give them their 25 points back and they’d win the league.

“Teams that go 16 games unbeaten win leagues. No-one else has come close to that. They are better than us and we just have to accept it.

“We have been punching above our weight for a long time now, but from a Raith Rovers point of view, there might never be a better chance to get promoted.

“We’re in a great position here at the end of February, and Dundee aside, no-one has taken the league by the scuff of the neck.

“Next season is going to be even tougher as teams gear up for league reconstruction and do everything in their power to ensure they are part of any SPL2.

No guarantee

“There’s also no guarantee that one good season will lead to another. Just look at Ross County.

“There is no doubt that this season is a big opportunity for us, and with 13 games to go, it’s still in our hands.”

Rovers recent record has resembled a rollercoaster ride with as many highs as lows, but with three of the next four games at home, McGlynn has stressed the need for consistency.

He said: “It’s one step forward, and one step back at the moment which is not ideal, but it’s the nature of this league.

“Every game now brings added pressure. If we’re winning games it’s good pressure, if we’re losing games it’s bad pressure.

Added pressure

“It’s cup-tie football, and we just need to get through each game as it comes and then focus on the next one.”

Rovers will be without the suspended Iain Davidson for the home match against Stirling Albion on Saturday.

“We’re hoping there’s no hangover from Tuesday,” McGlynn added.

“Stirling will come with lots of heart and desire so we can’t afford to feel sorry for ourselves.”

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