Celtic draw a timely boost for hard-up Raith

Joe Ledley (left) and Grant Anderson with the Scottish Communities League Cup.
Joe Ledley (left) and Grant Anderson with the Scottish Communities League Cup.

RAITH Rovers are looking forward to taking on the Scottish champions after drawing Celtic in the Scottish Communities League Cup third round.

And Stark’s Park chief Turnbull Hutton revealed that the trip to Parkhead on Tuesday, September 25, will be a timely financial boost ahead of a difficult month.

“October, financially, was looking like a real disaster and it was going to cost unfortunate people on the board a lot of money,” he said.

“We have one home game scheduled that month, against Dumbarton at home, which isn’t going to be a huge crowd puller.

“The proceeds from this game will make one enormous difference. It’s a real bonus for us and huge credit goes to the players for getting us there.”

The match falls in the middle of busy period of SPL and Champions League football for Celtic fans, so prices have been lowered to £12 for adults and £5 for concessions in an attempt to boost the crowd.

The match will be all-ticket and Kirkcaldy High Street sports retailer ACA Sports have agreed to sell tickets on Rovers’ behalf.

“Celtic’s suggestion was to keep the prices extremely low to get a number in,” Hutton explained. “If we get pricing wrong, the home fans won’t turn up, and we want our players to play in front of the biggest crowd possible.

“The boost they will get from this draw, and the experience of playing at Parkhead, is huge and it can only benefit the club going forward.

“And who knows, if Celtic decide to rest players, that’s what Ross County did and you saw what happened to them.

“We shouldn’t be going as cannon fodder. We’ll go and compete and see what happens”.