RAITH Rovers will have one ear on events in Greenock this Saturday as their arch-rivals bid to clinch the First Division title.
Fife derby victors Dunfermline can seal promotion to the SPL – and break Rovers’ hearts – with victory over Morton at Cappielow.
Raith must win their final home match against Queen of the South and hope the Pars drop points to take the championship race into a nervy final day.
Boss John McGlynn said: “Dunfermline can only throw it away, but we’ve got to make sure we go out and do our bit. We have to pick ourselves up and not lay it on a plate for them.
“If something was to give at Greenock, and we do the business, then it would go to the last game which would make it a very exciting end.
“There’s been many occasions where things have twisted and turned right in the very last few minutes of seasons. We have to cling to that hope.”
Morton have inflicted defeat on Dunfermline twice already this season, and McGlynn believes Allan Moore’s team are capable of doing his side a huge favour.
“Morton still have a chance of finishing fourth and that can be crucial with regards getting through a further round in cup ties,” he said. “And nobody wants a team to have a party at your place. These are things that Morton will try to do for themselves, and not for anyone else.”
McGlynn admitted that lifting his players will be a difficult task, but reminded them that while the title race is not over, they are also playing for contracts.
“We’ve not gone into any negotiations with players because we don’t know what league we’ll be in,” he said. “There’s such a massive gap between being in one league or the other, and a league without Dunfermline also means a lot of lost revenue, so we can’t really talk to players.”
While ending the season with two wins may not be enough to overhaul Dunfermline, it would at least give Rovers the consolation of finishing as runners-up.
“Potentially we can get 66 points which would be a significant achievement, and the worst we’ll finish is second,” McGlynn added. “Considering where we were at the start of the season, that would be a remarkable achievement, although it doesn’t seem so great right now because of where we’ve been all season.”
Rovers will be without the suspended Allan Walker on Saturday after he was red carded after the defeat to Dunfermline.