Raith look to rip up form book

2712049 SSFF grant murray 'Grant Murray, new Manager of Raith Rovers - at Starks Park, Kirkcaldy
2712049 SSFF grant murray 'Grant Murray, new Manager of Raith Rovers - at Starks Park, Kirkcaldy

RAITH Rovers manager Grant Murray is hoping to rip up the form book this Saturday by beating Dumbarton.

The Sons may be languishing down in ninth in division one, but they have picked up 18 points from their last eight games - only a point less than league leaders Morton - since Ian Murray took over as manager.

Rovers have collected just five points over the same period - the joint worst run of form in the league along with Airdrie - and Murray is expecting a difficult match.

“We won’t under-estimate Dumbarton at all because they have put together the results of a top of the table team,” he stressed.

“It will be a difficult game for us, but you could say that about every game in the league.”

Following the postponement of the Partick match, Murray took advantage of the free Saturday to do his own scouting mission, and he watched Dumbarton earn an impressive 3-2 win away to Livingston.

“Dumbarton were well organised and scored good goals, one was an overhead kick,” he said. “They were very workmanlike and you could tell they were confident. Things are going for them.”

Rovers were 11 points clear of Dumbarton at the turn of the year but recent results have dragged the Kirkcaldy side into the relegation mix.

Raith are currently just two points above Saturday’s opponents, who they face twice in the next three games, with a trip to Cowdenbeath in between.

“We have very important games coming up but we need to treat it one game at a time,” Murray emphasised.

“People might say they are winnable games on paper, but we don’t like at it that way. It’s what we do on the pitch that counts.

“First and foremost, we want to win the game this Saturday, whether it stops Dumbarton’s momentum or not.

“We’ve got to build on our last league performance at Morton.”

Murray hopes to have David Smith fit again for Saturday - he would have missed the Partick match with a hamstring strain.

Defender Dougie Hill, however, will miss out as he is suspended for the next two matches.

Meanwhile, recently released St Mirren midfielder Graeme MacGregor is currently training with Rovers.

The 19-year-old came through the youth systems of Falkirk and English League side Bolton Wanderers and spent the second half of last season on loan at Hamilton.

He has also been capped for Scotland at U16, U17 and U19 levels.

Murray confirmed: “He’s been in training with us since he got released from his last club.”