We’ve had the perfect start

3312049 SSFF raith hamilton 'Martin Canning brings down Brian Graham for a penalty - Raith Rovers against Hamilton Accies at Starks Park, Kirkcaldy
3312049 SSFF raith hamilton 'Martin Canning brings down Brian Graham for a penalty - Raith Rovers against Hamilton Accies at Starks Park, Kirkcaldy

RAITH Rovers manager Grant Murray has admitted that the form of his players could keep him out of the team.

The player-boss has watched the last three games from the sidelines while resting a slight knee strain - and Rovers have won them all.

Murray, who turns 37 at the end of the month, played in every competitive match last season but admits he may now have to settle for a place on the bench.

“If the guys keep winning games then I’m quite happy for them to keep me out the team,” he said.

“I’ve been here for three seasons as a player, but things change when you’re a manager.

Niggle

“You’re not just looking after yourself. Sometimes when you have a wee niggle or strain you just get by and play through it, but as a manager you’ve got the whole squad to think about.

“That’s why I’ve left myself out. I’d love to keep playing though.

“I feel fit enough. I’ve looked afer myself because I always wanted to play as long as I could,.

“Before I was made manager I had a year left on my contract as a player, and I didn’t see that changing at all.

“I’ve done work with the physio so I hope to be back available, if not this Saturday, then after a full week’s training.”

Murray has made the perfect start to his managerial career, winning four out of four, while guiding the club to the Ramsdens Cup quarter-final for the first time since 2005.

Credit

“I couldn’t have asked for a better start,” he said. “It’s credit to the players.

“They’ve put in the hard work over preseason and it’s paying off.

“We’ve only played one league game, but it’s all about building momentum.

“We’ve won four out of four now we want to carry this run on as long as we can.”

Falkirk will look to end Murray’s 100 per cent record as Raith boss this Saturday - and the Raith gaffer expects a tough match.

“They’ll be looking to bounce back from Saturday’s defeat to Partick,” Murray said.

“Stephen Pressley has blooded a lot of talented youngsters through there and they are a confident team, so we’ve got to be wary of them.

“But we’ll go into the game with plenty confidence and worry about what we can do.”

Goalkeeper David McGurn is available for selection despite his Ramsdens Cup red card on Tuesday night.