McGlynn's delight as Raith Rovers look to take second place in Championship

John McGlynn says Raith’s place in the Premiership play-offs is a huge boost to the club and their fans.

Thursday, 22nd April 2021, 9:00 am
Dylan Tait celebrates after scoring against Alloa (Pic: Fife Photo Agency)

The Stark’s Park boss said he was delighted that his side had secured a top-four spot and gave credit to all the staff at the club, as well as thanking fans.

“It's great for everyone,” said the 59-year-old.

“At the start of the season, you want to be ambitious, but you don't want to put yourself in a position where you can be shot down.

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“You're always better to do your talking on the pitch, and I think that's what we've done.

“Inverness and Dundee have boys who have recently been playing in the Premiership so we've been up against teams like that, but we've just had to look after ourselves.

“It's a massive pat on the back for all the players, the backroom staff, the directors and the supporters who have been backing us in all different directions, unfortunately not at the stadium.

“It's been a season where it would have been wonderful to have our fans at the grounds.

“The way we've played I'm sure the fans would have been very appreciative of how well we've done.”

Rovers now head to Dundee’s Dens Park on Saturday knowing that a draw with James McPake’s side would secure second spot in the Championship.

“There's a big advantage for us in finishing second in that we would play two less games,” McGlynn said.

“That's got to be an advantage, even from an injury point of view.

“The more games you play, the more there's a chance that you will pick up, one or two, so we have got to go to Dens Park and look to win the game.

“As the season progresses, there are teams that maybe didn't start so well but end up getting better.

“I think Inverness come into that category and I think Dundee have done a bit better recently.

“Jason Cummings is up and running after coming in back in January and they've come into a bit of form.

“They're in the mix, but we've nothing to fear and it's up to us to continue doing what we have been doing.”

On the injury front, Jamie Gullan is set to return and Kieron MacDonald might be ready to start after making the bench against Alloa.

McGlynn says Frankie Musonda remains a doubt, though, with Lewis Vaughan and Ross Matthews both ruled out.