Back to league duty for Raith after Ramsdens Cup high

Raith Rovers players celebrate with the Ramsdens Cup. Pic: Alan Rennie
Raith Rovers players celebrate with the Ramsdens Cup. Pic: Alan Rennie

Raith Rovers are still on cloud nine after Sunday’s historic Ramsdens Cup final win over Rangers.

But manager Grant Murray does not want the team to come crashing back to earth in the league.

Murray is hoping for no cup final hangover as Rovers host two home games in four days with the visit of Dumbarton on Saturday followed by Queen of the South on Tuesday.

With promotion and relegation issues still be to resolved, Murray insists there is still plenty to play for in the remaining five fixtures.

“What they achieved is fantastic - it will live with them forever - but in football there’s always a game the following week,” he stressed.

“We as players and staff have to move on. We don’t forget it - we’ve got all summer to remember it - but we have to move on because the next game is always the most important.

“We’ve got to make sure the players are focused and not just thinking that things are just going to happen for them.

“For us it’s all about getting back to some consistency.

“It’s a sign of good players and professionals when they get back to that as quick as they can, and it has to be Saturday for us.”

Victories from the next two games, coupled with favourable results elsewhere, could see Rovers make a late push to overhaul Queen of the South in fourth place.

“It’s a big ask, but we’ve got five games left and we’ll target as many ponts as we can, starting with three on Saturday,” Murray said.

“The next two games could be very crucial. It’s two teams that are above us, and while we always want to focus on one game at a time, if we get six points then the whole complexion can change.”

Rovers cup final winning side looks set to be decimated, however.

Kevin Moon, Joe Cardle and Liam Fox have all accrued six bookings, and will all miss Saturday’s match against Dumbarton through suspension, while Dougie Hill is struggling with a shoulder injury.

Murray also revealed that goalkeeper Lee Robinson has given his Ramsdens Cup winners medal to injury victim David McGurn, describing it as a “great gesture”.

Robinson was a hero in Sunday’s final, making a string of superb saves, but McGurn played in all the previous rounds of the competition before being sidelined for the season with an achilles injury.