Raith consider signing options as striker suffers injury

Calum Elliot, pictured in action at Alloa last Saturday, has picked up an injury. Pic: Fife Photo Agency
Calum Elliot, pictured in action at Alloa last Saturday, has picked up an injury. Pic: Fife Photo Agency

Raith Rovers are considering whether to make a move for a new striker before the end of the transfer window after one of their current forwards picked up an injury.

Calum Elliot will miss Saturday’s trip to meet Hibs at Easter Road after suffering an injury in the goalless draw with Alloa, although there is some uncertainty over how long the striker will be out of action for.

Rovers manager Grant Murray has been weighing up the possibility of adding to his squad throughout January, insisting that he would only do so if the right player became available.

But with Monday’s transfer deadline looming, which will restrict the duration of any loan signings made thereafter, and no timescale on Elliot’s injury as yet, the Raith boss could now be about to make his move.

“We’re always looking, but we’ll have to see how Calum is,” he said. “He came off on Saturday with a slight injury and won’t be available for Saturday, but we don’t know the full extent of it yet.

“We’re not yet sure if he’ll be available for the Scottish Cup game against Rangers the following week.

“Whether we add to the squad or not depends on whether the right players are available. At this moment in time there’s no-one lined up.”

Elliot’s injury could mean a recall for striker Christian Nade, who scored the last time Raith faced Hibs away from home in September.

Murray said: “Christian came on at Alloa and looked lively - he was unlucky with an effort that was blocked on the line. We’ve got three good strikers at the club and they’ve all had chances in and out of the team.

“Calum misses out on Saturday so it’s an opporuntity for someone, whether it’s Christian or not, to go in and stake a claim.”

The Edinburgh side are unbeaten in seven matches while Raith are also enjoying a good run of form with 10 points collected from the last 12.

Rovers are also unbeaten in their last three trips to Easter Road, which included two famous cup victories last year.

“We look forward to going there as we always do because it’s a great stadium to play at,” Murray said.

“We won some big games there last year - the Scottish Cup game and the Challenge Cup final were great occasions - and we also performed well in the league.

“Saturday is different - it will be its’ own game - and anything we’ve done in the past won’t matter if we don’t turn up and perform.

“We know Hibs are a good side and that they’ve picked up since last time we played them there, but we’ve also been on a decent run.

“Our winning run came to an end on Saturday, but we never lost the game so we have to take some confidence from that.”

Murray has been pleased with his team’s defensive performances of late, with three clean sheets in the last four games.

“When you keep clean sheets the defence and goalkeeper get credit because they are the ones putting their heads on the line, and Davie McGurn made some great saves,” he said.

“But it’s a team thing. The whole team has to work together to get results.”