Depleted and out of money, but Raith boss remains confident

Kyle Benedictus celebrates after heading home the winner against QOTS on Saturday. Pic: George McLuskie
Kyle Benedictus celebrates after heading home the winner against QOTS on Saturday. Pic: George McLuskie

Raith Rovers boss Ray McKinnon remains confident that his side can pick up their first away points of the season tomorrow (Friday) night, despite facing an injury crisis ahead of the live BBC Alba clash against St Mirren.

Mark Stewart, Lewis Toshney, Iain Davidson and Darren Petrie are all nursing strains, while Mitch Megginson was sent for an x-ray after picking up a foot injury in the midweek Development League match against Alloa.

Including long-term injury victims Craig Barr, Lewis Vaughan and Ross Callachan, as many as eight first team players have been missing from training this week.

Despite the difficult situation, McKinnon insists Rovers will travel to Paisley in positive mood.

“We’re stretched to the bone,” the Raith boss said.

“When you add the injuries we have to our small squad then we don’t have our problems to seek.

“We’ll hopefully get a few boys back in time for St Mirren because 11 versus 11 we’re a match for most teams in this league.

“It will be a tough game - they have a lot of good players - but we’re in buoyant mood and in good form so we’re looking forward to the game.”

Ex-Hibs duo Scott Robertson and Danny Galbraith have been training with the club but McKinnon admits that a lack of finances is preventing him from strengthening his depleted squad.

“I’d love to do something but there’s no money coming to me at all - and I understand it,” he said.

“We’ve put a few guys out on loan to try and free up a wage but there’s still not enough in the budget.

“There will be no money coming to me from the Celtic game because the board have told me that is needed to pay for something else.

“We always needed to have a bit of luck with injuries and so far we haven’t had that.”

Raith have yet to collect a point, or score a league goal away from home this season, but have been formidable on home turf with maximum points collected, and no goals conceded, from three games.

“I’m delighted with where we are,” McKinnon said.

“We knew our first four away fixtures would be very tough, including St Mirren on Friday.

“The Rangers game is irrelevant, but the performances against Hibs and Falkirk were excellent and we felt we deserved something from both games.

“It’s about how you perform in games and if we keep performing as we have, points will come whether it be home or away.

“If we show the same dig, resilience and will to win that the we have in the games so far, we’ll have no issues.”