Any new player has to be right for this club

Joe Cardle tangles with Dundee's Gary Irvine in Rovers 2-0 defeat on January 2. Pic: Neil Doig
Joe Cardle tangles with Dundee's Gary Irvine in Rovers 2-0 defeat on January 2. Pic: Neil Doig

Raith Rovers manager Grant Murray will only consider strengthening his squad in January if the right players become available.

Rovers are on a poor run having picked up just 10 points from the last 27 available and have David McGurn and Paul Watson out with long term injuries.

However, when asked whether he would consider adding to the squad during the current transfer window, Murray insisted he is in no rush.

“There’s nothing at the minute,” he said. “It’s that time of year where every manager gets asked the question, ‘are you going to strengthen?’.

“There are players out there and some of the bigger teams want players out on loan, but they’ve got to be right for the squad.

“It’s all down to finances as well though. We’ve not really had that discussion with the board as yet. I’m sure if there was money available they would come and tell me.

“We started the season well with the squad that we had and they got us to where we are just now. If we strengthen we strengthen, if we don’t we don’t.”

Captain Jason Thomson is banned for the trip to Greenock on Saturday following his red card against Peterhead, although Greig Spence returns after injury.

Morton are currently bottom of the Championship having lost their last seven games, however, new manager Kenny Sheils has made a number of changes over the past week, including the capture of former Scotland international Gary O’Connor.

“Gary has played at the top level and although he’s not played for a long time he’s probably got his hunger back and he’ll have a point to prove,” Murray said. “We’ve got to look at getting ourselves back to winning ways.

“A couple of mistakes late on against Dundee cost us, but I took a lot of positives out of the game compared to the week before and I think we’ve got to use them going into Saturday.”

Murray is resigned to the fact that injured goalkeeper McGurn could be out of action until April.

“He’s now out of the protective boot which is good,” he said.

“Obviously he had to be in that in a while but it’s just a case of rehab now and getting the thing moving.

“In the boot he couldn’t do anything, it was just a case of letting it heal and set properly.

“It will be a long recovery for him but he’s a determined guy and he’ll want to get back as soon as possible, but it’s got to be right for him.

“The kind of injury it was, you have to be very protective of it and make sure it doesn’t happen again.

“The doctors have not put any timescale on it.

“It would be great if we could get him back for say April time, but we’ll just have to wait and see how it comes along.”

Defender Watson is likely to return to action sooner from a broken foot sustained in the 2-1 win over Queen of the South on November 23.

“He’s feeling a lot, lot better and I’m hopeful that maybe the start of February we could possibly get him back,” Murray revealed.

Murray also revealed that full back Kevin McCann has been released after coming to the end of his short-term contract.

“We’re thankful to Kevin for coming for the short period we had him,” he said.

“We knew the situation with Kevin in that he was going to Singapore and he was always going there.

“I thought he did very well for us, he’s a great professional and a good lad.

“He came in and did a job when he was asked to so we thank him for that.”

Rovers had former player Iain Williamson back in the fold last week but there will be no move for the winger as he is committed to Icelandic club Valur.

“He only trained two days before Christmas,” Murray revealed.

“He’s a friend of mine and he was back from Iceland, so he came into train with us so he could tick over.

“Their season starts again in February or March but there was nothing in that.

“He asked if he could get training facilities to try and get some fitness in over the Christmas period.”