Cuthbert targets Raith no.1 jersey after ‘nightmare’ season

Goalkeeper Kevin Cuthbert hopes to nail down the number one position at Raith Rovers this season.
Goalkeeper Kevin Cuthbert hopes to nail down the number one position at Raith Rovers this season.

Kevin Cuthbert faces one of the most difficult jobs at Raith Rovers - keeping fans favourite David McGurn out of the side.

But the 32-year-old goalkeeper insists that he can win over the fans and nail down the number one jersey this season.

After arriving from Hamilton last summer, Cuthbert endured a difficult first season at Stark’s Park with a troublesome shoulder injury restricting his appearances.

However, the experienced stopper has worked tirelessly over the summer in a bid to regain his fitness and form.

“I don’t take many positives out of last season,” Cuthbert told the Press. “It was an absolute nightmare from start to finish.

“Missing pre-season started it off, and everything was just a chain reaction after that. This season is a fresh start for me. The new manager has come in and I’m trying to impress him.

“I want to get back to playing the way I did a year and a half ago. I don’t think anybody has worked any harder than me over the close seaosn to get themselves back in shape and ready to go.

“I’ve worked really hard, and pushed myself every day even before we came back, and made sure I was ready to go on the first day.

“I think that I’ve done as much as I possibly can so far. I’ll just look to keep doing that, and hopefully take it into games.”

Cuthbert was pleased to play the full 90 minutes against both Hearts and Aberdeen last week.

“I’m delighted that I’ve managed to get two games under my belt,” he said.“I want to play every minute of every game but we’ve got three good goalies here pushing each other for games. I don’t know if any other club in the league has three goalkeepers of that standard.

“It’s going to be tough and whoever is playing knows they’ve got two good goalkeepers there that are ready to step in. The standard in training has been excellent and I think that’s really pushed us all on.”

Rovers lost both friendlies against Hearts and Aberdeen by the same 2-0 scoreline, but Cuthbert saw plenty positives.

“I don’t think there’s anything wrong with losing a couple of games in pre-season to learn a few things about the boys,” he said. “There’s nothing gained in pre-season from winning games 5-0 and everyone is patting each other on the back.

“It’s learning about the character we’ve got in the dressing room, and I think the games so far have been good. Nobody likes getting beat but it’s important to take the positives out of it.”