Winning goal could provide a fitting farewell for Raith striker

IF Saturday proves to be Brian Graham’s last game for Raith Rovers, he could not have asked for a more fitting farewell.

The club’s most prolific goalscorer since 1990s legend Gordon Dalziel hit the net for the 27th time this season deep into injury time to secure a dramatic 3-2 win over Livingston on the final day of the campaign.

SSFF 1913061 livingston raith 'Brian Graham scores his second goal - Raith Rovers against Livingston FC at Almondvale, Livingston

SSFF 1913061 livingston raith 'Brian Graham scores his second goal - Raith Rovers against Livingston FC at Almondvale, Livingston

It may have been a meaningless fixture in terms of league status, but the result was significant in as much as it finally ended Rovers’ 12-year wait for a victory over the West Lothian club.

And for Graham, his double put the seal on his best ever season, as he raced past his previous highest scoring tally of 18, set in 2008-09 while on loan from Morton at Third Division side East Stirling.

“I hadn’t scored for four games so I wanted to go out on a high and give the fans a good send-off,” said the 26-year-old.

“When they equalised in the last minute I thought we were never going to get the monkey off our back, but luckily we got another chance and I managed to stick it away.

“I would never have dreamt of hitting 27 goals before the season started and to finish with two goals and a win on the last day of the season - I’m absolutely delighted. Hopefully I can kick on again next season.

“I don’t know much about my future yet, it’s still up in the air, but if it is my last game, I’d just like to say thanks and good luck to everyone at the club.”

Graham, who has scored 38 times in 61 appearances for Raith, has been offered a contract to stay at Stark’s Park next season.

But with Dundee United and Partick Thistle both having shown an interest, his future could lie in the Scottish Premier League.

“I could still be at Raith next season but I want to play in the Premier League so if I get the chance I will go,” he explained.

“My contract is up in the middle of May, and I’ve got bills to pay like everyone else, so I need to get my future sorted for my family soon.”

Regardless of his own fate, Graham believes the future is bright at Raith under Grant Murray.

“Grant is a good young manager, and he’ll probably try to bring in a few new faces next season,” he said.

“It will be his own team next season, and I think they’ll go places - I hope they do.”