Chairman upbeat ahead of new league season

Turnbull Hutton
Turnbull Hutton

Optimistic and upbeat is how Raith Rovers chairman Turnbull Hutton described his mood ahead of the new season.

And after the 6-0 demolition of Queen’s Park in the League Cup on Saturday, he has every right to be.

Rovers’ biggest win in 21 years - albeit against lower league opposition - has created a buzz ahead of the new league campaign.

And the chairman is convinced that Grant Murray’s new-look side can push for one of the newly created promotion play-off slots in the re-branded Championship.

“I would like to think we’re good enough for a top four place,” Hutton said.

“I don’t think you’ll get a better squad than we’ve got for the budget.

“They’ve been exciting to watch, and they will gel even more as a team as the season goes on. We’re not going to win every game - we’ll have our bad days - but this squad can play football.

“There’s individuals here whose likes we haven’t seen at Stark’s Park for many a year. If we can get on a roll, this team can go far.”

Hutton is hopeful that last week’s result and the style of football on show will tempt supporters back to Stark’s Park for this Saturday’s league opener against Hamilton.

“There’s a latent Raith support out there who could make the extra difference,” he said.“This is a squad that the fans should be able to get behind, especially with younger players breaking through.

“I was more delighted than anything with 17-year-old Lewis Vaughan getting on and scoring a goal on Saturday. Our youth policy is starting to take off.”