Raith captain hails McKinnon the motivator

Raith Rovers captain Jason Thomson.
Raith Rovers captain Jason Thomson.

Raith Rovers captain Jason Thomson says boss Ray McKinnon is the Mr Motivator behind the club’s recent success.

The Kirkcaldy side are currently the form team in the Championship having collected 16 points from the last 18 up for grabs.

They were 1-0 down at Dumbarton on Saturday but fought back to win 3-2 and Thomson put the recovery down to the manager’s half-time encouragement.

“The gaffer is quite good at motivating the boys,” he said.

“He brought up a few things at half-time that he’d mentioned before the game that maybe we didn’t do.

“It showed that his motivation worked again because we came out flying in the second half and got the goals.

“We conceded another one late on just to keep the fans on the edge of their seats, but it was good we were able to see it out and get three points at quite a hard place.”

Thomson has seen ups and downs during his four years at Raith but is enjoying the upbeat atmosphere at the club at the moment.

“We’re in the winning habit and the boys are enjoying it,” he said.

“There’s a lot of banter in the dressing room and the boys are on a real high so we want to keep it going.”

Raith have two league games left before the play-offs, home to Falkirk on Saturday then away to Livingston next weekend, and Thomson believes that regardless of form, Raith will be the underdogs.

“We’re going into the play-offs fully confident,” he said. “There’s no pressure on us, so we can go and enjoy it, and when you enjoy it you tend to do well.

“Even if we’re the form team we know we’re still going to be massive underdogs, especially if it is Hibs, but we’ll just try to keep the run we’re on going.”

Thomson (28) is now in his third year as club captain and is settled in the role after initially finding it difficult.

“It’s been tough at times,” he said. “When I was younger, I’d go home after games and think about things, and let it ruin my weekend.

“Now I’ve grown up a wee bit and realised you just need to roll with the high and lows and don’t get too uptight or worried about things.

“It’s paying off at the moment.”