Raith midfielder targets points against similar teams

Raith Rovers midfielder Martin Scott feels the team should not be judged on recent heavy defeats to bigger clubs.

Speaking after the 4-0 defeat to Rangers on Friday - Rovers’ third 4-0 reverse in four games - Scott insisted that their season will be defined by games against the likes of this Saturday’s opponents, Livingston.

Raith midfielder Martin Scott

Raith midfielder Martin Scott

“No disrespect to the other teams in the league, but they might not have punished us for the mistakes we made against Rangers,” Scott told the Press.

“Nobody lies down to Hearts and Rangers - we didn’t go out and not give 100 per cent - but their overall quality just shone through for them.

“We now have a big game against Livingston and we need to bounce back, the same as we did in the derby match with Cowdenbeath after losing to Dundee.

“Livingston are one of the teams with a similar budget to ourselves so we really need to be competing with them.

“It’s results against those type of teams that will determine where we are in the league.

“If we can do well in those games we should be looking to push for the play-offs.”

While Rangers assistant manager Kenny McDowell described the team’s performance as their best of the season, Scott felt that Rovers could have performed better.

“They are good opposition, but it’s just disappointing the way we conceded the goals,” he said.

“We started the game well, maybe without creating too much chances, but a crazy two minute spell in the first half killed us.

“Rangers definitely have a bit more quality than we’ve got, but we should have been able to apply ourselves in a better manner, and not concede as easily as we did.

“We tried to move the ball and when they cut out our passes we were wide open. That’s the risk you take when you try to pass it out.”

Scott has featured in both centre and right midfield so far this season and he insists he is settling in well in his first season at Stark’s Park.

“Things have been going well,” he said. “We’ve got nine points on the board, and the set backs have been against good opposition.

“Apart from that we’re working well and trying to move in the right direction and play football in the right manner.”