Raith defender McKeown puts Ibrox thrashing behind him

Rory McKeown is putting the 5-0 defeat to Rangers behind him. Credit -  Fife Photo Agency -
Rory McKeown is putting the 5-0 defeat to Rangers behind him. Credit - Fife Photo Agency -

Rory McKeown insists Raith Rovers are making good progress despite back-to-back away defeats against the two biggest clubs in the Championship

Raith followed up a 2-0 defeat to Hibs at Easter Road with a 5-0 thrashing at the hands of Rangers at Ibrox on Saturday in the two toughest fixtures on the calendar this season.

Rovers have yet to collect a point, or score a league goal away from home, but McKeown insists the opposition has been a factor and that the team is heading in the right direction under Ray McKinnon.

“We’ve played two clubs in the last two weeks who are on a different level from us,” McKeown said.

“We just need to keep performing against the teams in and around us and so far we’ve proven ourselves.

“We’ve been very good in the home games, and I felt there was nothing between us and Falkirk. We’re still confident that we can go and improve from last year.

“A new gaffer has come in, we’re playing a different way, and we’re 100 per cent at home so far with only one goal scored.

“That’s what we’ve got to build our stall around and if we keep going from there we should have a good enough season.”

While accepting that Rangers were too good on the day, McKeown left Ibrox on Saturday with a niggling feeling that Rovers could have given a better account of themselves.

“Personally I’m disappointed in how we played, and I think the gaffer is as well,” he said.

“Rangers are a good team, and they’ve given other teams that sort of result.

“But you’ve got to go out there and prove yourself and I don’t think we did that.

“They’ve got good players like the lads on loan from Arsenal and Tottenham.

“It felt like we were very isolated against them at times and I think that was their tactic.

“We set up to try and cut that out, but they are good players.

“I don’t really want to talk about Rangers, they shouldn’t be in this league, but we’ve got to do better.

“We’re going to play a Celtic team that is 10 times better than Rangers in the cup so we’ve got to learn.

“You can’t give good players time on the ball.”