If we believe in ourselves we can beat Hibs

Greig Spence (Raith) and Kevin Thomson (Hibs) with the Scottish Cup
Greig Spence (Raith) and Kevin Thomson (Hibs) with the Scottish Cup

Raith Rovers will put their depressing league form to one side to go head-to-head with Hibs in the Scottish Cup this Saturday.

Rovers head into the last 16 tie at Easter Road having failed to win, or score a goal, since the start of the new year.

However, the Kirkcaldy side have a good cup record under Grant Murray having already reached the Ramsdens Cup final in April and the boss has told his players to believe in themselves.

“We want to go there and make it difficult for Hibs,” Murray told the Press. “We’ve had them watched and we know they’ll come at us and try to put us under pressure.

“We’ve got to be able to deal with that, but we want to have a go at them as well. We’re not going there to sit in and try to sneak a win, but we’ve got to be well-organised.

“The reason we’re there is because of a magnificent win in Dundee so we can take some belief from that.”

Rovers will be cheered on by an army of 1600 travelling fans and Murray hopes that can provide a lift to the players.

“We’ve done magnificent with ticket sales so far,” Murray said. “The fans will always back us, which is a great boost for the players. We’ll go into the tie as underdogs but we’ve got to go there and give a good account of ourselves.”

Rovers go into the tie on the back of a disappointing derby defeat away to Cowdenbeath.

“The mood was down after losing the derby and the players were hurting,” Murray said. “But we’re going into a massive Scottish Cup tie so have to pick ourselves up.

“We want to be winning games of football and we’ve hit a wee spell where we’re not doing that. If it takes a scrappy 1-0 win to get a wee bit confidence back then we’ll gladly take it.

“The players have been as disappointed as anyone but they are willing to work as hard as they can to get back to winning ways.”

John Baird is cup-tied while Calum Elliot is an injury doubt. Supporters should note that Saturday’s game is a 2.00 p.m kick-off.