Exciting run-in almost too exciting for Raith Rovers

1211044 SSFF raith ross county '- Raith Rovers against Ross County at Starks Park, Kirkcaldy
1211044 SSFF raith ross county '- Raith Rovers against Ross County at Starks Park, Kirkcaldy

JOHN McGlynn is happy for his players to continue to grind out points – if that’s what it takes to win the First Division title.

Raith Rovers collected two points from their last two games, despite showing signs of nerves during both draws against Morton and Ross County.

However, manager McGlynn believes his team has the character to cope with the butterflies of the title run-in.

“It’s all to play for and it’s very exciting - almost too exciting,” he said.

“This is the stage of the season where nerves can kick in and that translates from the terrace to the pitch, or vice-versa.

“We go out every game to play the best football we possibly can, but sometimes it doesn’t work out that way through no fault of your own.

“If you can grind out one point or three when not at your best it can be so vital.

“We don’t set out to grind out results, but sometimes that’s what it takes – and we’ve got a knack of doing it.

“Tuesday night was testament to that. We lost Stephen Simmons, an influential player for us, early on and had to re-jig.

“Then we came back after losing a goal at the start of the second half. We got the equaliser, then we’ve conspired to miss an even better chance.

“John Baird has been unlucky with a shot that’s came off the bar, and by all accounts, Allan Walker should score the rebound.

“That can be the difference.

“I can’t fault the attitude and dedication to fight back. Ross County are fighting for their lives also, so they were never going to come and lie down.”

With seven games left, Rovers are now at the do or die stage of the season, but McGlynn stressed that all remaining games will be difficult, especially the next two away to Falkirk and at home to Dundee.

“Nothing’s really changed in that every single game from here in on is extremely difficult and one wee break can decide whether you get three, one, or zero points on the day,” he said.

“Teams like Ross County have got very good squads, and I can’t understand where they are so far down the table. They’ve got too many good players.

“Teams are also raising their game against us because we’re top of the table, and that’s a new experience for us in the First Division.

“We have to accept that and deal with it best we can.”

Falkirk can re-enter the title race with victory on Saturday meaning they could catch the Kirkcaldy side by winning their three games in hand.

McGlynn said: “A win for us takes us 15 points clear of them and that’s what we’ll be trying to do.”

Raith Rovers have meanwhile signed Hibs midfielder Kevin McBride on loan until the end of the season.

The 29-year-old has fallen out of favour at Easter Road, and is expected to train with his new team mates for the first time tonight (Thursday).

He will be added to the squad for Saturday’s trip to Falkirk Stadium. Rovers have injury doubts over Stephen Simmons and Laurie Ellis.