We can’t be a one man band

3011007 SSFF raith cowden 'Grant Murray celebrates with John Baird after his second goal - Raith Rovers against Cowdenbeath FC at Starks Park, Kirkcaldy
3011007 SSFF raith cowden 'Grant Murray celebrates with John Baird after his second goal - Raith Rovers against Cowdenbeath FC at Starks Park, Kirkcaldy

JOHN McGlynn has challenged someone other than John Baird to hit the net for Raith Rovers this Saturday.

Rovers travel to Montrose for the second time in three weeks, although with a place in the Scottish Communities Cup second round at stake, a different match is in prospect from the pre-season encounter which the Kirkcaldy side lost 1-0.

McGlynn and his players are in a positive mood ahead of the Links Park showdown following the 2-1 Ramsdens Cup win over Cowdenbeath, but the manager’s one complaint is that Baird has scored all of Raith’s goals so far.

Importance

He told SportsPress: “Such is the importance of John Baird to us that he misses two games against East Fife and Southend, and we don’t score, then he comes back against Cowdenbeath and gets a couple of goals for us.

“That is so vital for us, but we must not rely totally on John to score our goals, that’s not fair on him. We must have others chipping in.

“It’s early days yet and I know big Brian Graham is desperate to get on the scoresheet, Stephen Reynolds likewise.

“Midfielders always like to chip in, and we like our defenders to score goals from set pieces.

“We’ve always relied on goals coming from all departments and this season will be no different. We’ll need that to happen.”

McGlynn is refusing to read too much into Montrose’s 6-1 defeat to East Fife on Saturday, and insists Raith will be in for a tough match.

Awkward

“It’s an awkward one,” he said. “If you’ve just been beaten 6-1 you don’t want that to happen again so they will be going over things in training this week to rectify it, which could make it all the harder for us.

“We know ourselves it won’t be easy, we were up there three weeks ago and lost the game, although if we took our chances we’d have won comfortably.

“We have a good result behind us, and we have a bit of confidence going, but we won’t be disrespectful to Montrose. We need to be very professional and go about our business with the right attitude.”

Midfielder Iain Davidson is ruled out with a knee injury.

Meanwhile, McGlynn is playing a waiting game over a loan signing verbally agreed with an SPL club.

He explained: “They are keen to give the player to us, but they’ve had to keep using him until they get one or two players back from injury.”