Raith boss - we’re not setting targets

Rovers have had no enquiries about leading scorer Brian Graham
Rovers have had no enquiries about leading scorer Brian Graham

RAITH Rovers manager Grant Murray will not set his team any targets for the rest of the season.

Victory over Airdrie on Saturday - Rovers first win in six - saw the Kirkcaldy side climb to fourth in the table, 11 points behind leaders Dunfermline with a game in hand.

A top half finish would be considered a good achievement in his first season as boss, however Murray is looking no further ahead than this Saturday’s trip to Livingston.

“It’s difficult to set targets when we haven’t been winning games,” he said.

“We just want to build up momentum and get a run going.

“It started on Saturday with our win over Airdrie, now we’re concentrating on Livingston.

“There are a lot of big games coming up - the Celtic match is huge but that will take care of itself.

“If the players just concentrate on one game at a time that’s what will keep them in the team.

“We’re not setting any target to catch the top three.

“We’ll concentrate on winning games on a week to week basis, and see where it takes us.”

Raith found life difficult at Almondvale Stadium last season - a 4-0 thrashing last February is still fresh in Murray’s mind.

“It has been a very difficult place for us and we realise that Livingston are a very good team,” he said.

“We’re right beside each other in league so the game’s got an extra edge to it.

“We’re coming off the back of a good win so we’ll be going there confident of getting a result.”

Murray confirmed that the club has recieved no enquiries for top scorer Brian Graham since the transfer window opened.

His main focus in on retaining the services of on-loan Hearts winger David Smith beyond January 28.

“We’ve got David until the end of the month and we’d love to keep him,” Murray said.

“However, if he keeps playing the way he is, he’ll be back at Hearts, which is out of my hands.

“After that, it doesn’t leave me a lot of time to get someone in. That’s the way it works in a window.

“If he was to go back we’d look to get someone else in, whether on loan from Hearts or elsewhere.”