Raith boss looks for change of luck ahead of Elgin ‘banana skin’

Bay Travel launch Raith Rovers buses featuring Raith players (from left) Lewis Vaughan, Ross Callachan and Ross Mathews. Pic: George McLuskie
Bay Travel launch Raith Rovers buses featuring Raith players (from left) Lewis Vaughan, Ross Callachan and Ross Mathews. Pic: George McLuskie

Ray McKinnon won’t be playing the lottery this week because he knows none of his numbers will come up.

That’s how the Raith Rovers boss is feeling after a run of games where the Kirkcaldy side has failed to collect the points he feels they deserve.

After watching St Mirren score a stunning last minute free-kick to steal a point from Stark’s Park on Tuesday, just days after losing a three-goal lead in Dumbarton in the last 10 minutes, McKinnon walked into the media room an exasperated man.

“If I give you lottery numbers don’t put them on,” he said.

“Over the last five games - Hibs, Falkirk, Dumbarton, Livi and tonight - we’ve had chances to kill every game and we’ve got nothing out of them.

“We’re getting punished for everything at this minute and it’s really frustrating.

“We’re just not getting that wee bit luck we need to see out games. To lose four points in the last couple of minutes of two games is hard to take.

“We should’ve had six points in the bag - so at least there’s positive there.

“They are doing well enough to be leading these games, and we should be seeing them out.

“We just need to keep going.”

Raith have dropped out of the top four, albeit on goal difference, after picking up just two points from the last 15 available, but McKinnon stated: “It’s still all to play for.

“We’ve not set any targets just need to keep trying our best and see where we end up.”

Raith take a break from the pressures of the league campaign this Saturday as the Scottish Cup third round takes them north to face an Elgin City side protecting an unbeaten home record this season.

“I’ve watched them - they are a good team,” McKinnon said. “They have a big athletic back four, are tidy across the middle and got a proven goalscorer in the boy Gunn, so it’s going to be a tough game.

“It is a banana skin so we have to be focused and have the right attitude. But first and foremost I need to make sure I’ve got a squad to go up with because injuries are hitting us hard.”

Raith will be without Mitch Megginson (knee) and Jason Thomson (back) for the trip to Borough Briggs, while Lewis Toshney injured his hamstring against St Mirren. To cover the injuries, Raith have recalled David Bates from his loan at Brechin.

“We don’t have our problems to seek,” added McKinnon.

Meanwhile, Raith and their official travel partner, Bay Travel, have unveiled an initiative which will see the images of four of Rovers’ brightest young stars adorn buses throughout the Kingdom.

The striking images of David Bates, Ross Callachan, Ross Matthews and Lewis Vaughan can be seen on town services in and around Burntisland, Lochgelly and Ballingry, and on school services in Kirkcaldy, Glenrothes and St Andrews.

Rovers wished to thanks Bay Travel for helping promoting the club across Fife.