Raith midfielder keen to continue scoring streak

Ross Callachan celebrates scoring Raith's second against St Mirren on Saturday -  copyright - Fife Photo Agency
Ross Callachan celebrates scoring Raith's second against St Mirren on Saturday - copyright - Fife Photo Agency

On-form Ross Callachan has revealed that boss Gary Locke wants him to hit double figures from midfield this season.

The 22-year-old has started the campaign on fire, scoring in both Raith Rovers’ opening league wins over Ayr United and St Mirren.

Callachan has already matched last season’s tally and hopes he can continue his goal-scoring streak in the coming weeks and months.

“I’m not setting any targets for myself but the gaffer says I’ve got all the attributes to get 10 to 15 goals a season,” he said.

“The gaffer and Jacko have been drilling into me to get into the box a lot more so that’s what I’ve been doing, and it’s paying off.

“They’ve been working on timing my runs, and encouraging me every day in training to get into the box, saying if I make late runs I’ll get goals.

“I was unlucky not to score in pre-season, I had a few chances, but I’m finally getting my rewards for being in the right place at the right time.

“Hopefully I can kick on and score again next week.”

This time last year, Callachan’s early season promise was hampered by a freak shoulder injury that sidelined him for three months.

Now, with a solid pre-season under his belt, the youngster is starting to realise the potential he has shown since first breaking into Raith’s first team under John McGlynn.

“This is the fittest I’ve ever felt,” he said. “Training is good and when you’re enjoying yourself, it shows on the pitch.

“I’m just taking confidence from each game and we’re all buzzing with the start we’ve made.

“You can’t ask for much more than six points out of six, and two goals in two games for myself personally.”

Callachan is putting Raith’s positive start down to the level of preparation for games by the new management team.

“We all know our jobs, they go through everything before the game,” he said.

“I’m no having a dig at Ray McKinnon but that’s something that’s a bit different from last year – we’re a bit more organised I’d say.”

Callachan is now looking forward to starting his first derby match against Dunfermline after making previous substitute appearances in the fixture.

“You won’t need to get me up for that one,” he said.