Raith Rovers: Tom Lang eyes cup win and new contract after injury hell caused him to miss last season's SPFL Trust Trophy victory

Tom Lang celebrates scoring in recent 2-2 home draw against Greenock Morton (Pic Fife Photo Agency)Tom Lang celebrates scoring in recent 2-2 home draw against Greenock Morton (Pic Fife Photo Agency)
Tom Lang celebrates scoring in recent 2-2 home draw against Greenock Morton (Pic Fife Photo Agency)
Ahead of facing form team Queen's Park away from home in tonight's SPFL Trust Trophy quarter-final (kick-off 7.45pm at Ochilview), Raith Rovers defender Tom Lang has outlined his determination to win the 2022-23 competition after injury saw him miss playing in the Kirkcaldy men's final triumph last season.

Lang, 25, who recently returned to the Raith side after 10 months out with an Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) knee injury, was a spectator last term as Rovers, then under former manager John McGlynn, won the tournament with a 3-1 final victory over Queen of the South at Airdrie's Excelsior Stadium on April 3.

"I was off my crutches literally just a few days before that final," former Clyde centre back Lang told the Fife Free Press.

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"And I remember jumping up and down during the celebrations at the end.

"I remember going into the changing room and my knee had swollen up a bit. I thought: 'What am I doing?'

"I remember we had a league game against Dunfermline a couple of days afterwards so the boys weren't allowed to go out or anything.

"It was just obviously enjoying the moment at the time and just celebrating with the fans at the stadium.

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"It's nice to celebrate with the fans when possible and obviously that was a good moment to share with them.

"I would loved to have played a part in them winning the cup for myself but I've still got plenty of years ahead and I'm sure there will be further opportunities.

"But it hurt missing playing in that final. It was a fantastic day for the football club.

"As a player you want to be involved, you want to be a big part of it so to not be a part of it was a shame.

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"Obviously we are just in the quarter-finals this time, it's not like it's the final, but I would love to go on a run this year, get to the final and win it being part of the team this season if that's possible.

"Hopefully I want to lift the trophy at the end of the season.

"The league is the priority, of course it is. We are not fortunate enough to have the biggest squad at the moment.

"We won't be able to chop and change it too much."

With Queen's Park having dismantled Cove Rangers 6-0 in the Championship last weekend, Lang is expecting a tough tie against the league leaders.

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"I wouldn't say it's an intimidating game," he added. "Obviously they're in good form at the moment, they've got a few good players who are doing really well so well done to them.

"Completely hats off to them, they have probably surprised a few this season.

"But we are full of confidence. It's just a Scottish Championship team and we feel we can beat anyone in this division.

"They are flying at the moment so it's up to us to hopefully bring them back down again, be solid at the back and see what we can do to hurt them."

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With Lang's contract at Raith up this summer, he is keen to keep producing the fine performances which should put him in prime position to win a new deal.

"Of course I'm keen to get a new contract," Lang said. "I've not kept it a secret that I've enjoyed my time at Raith so far.

"It's been tough being out with the injury but before that and now I have come back and have been loving every second of it. I was loving every second of it last season.

"Let's just see what happens. Obviously there's a lot going on at the club at the moment but all I'm focusing on is playing week in, week out and playing well. Everything else should take care of itself."

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