Raith turning heads but boss staying focused

Grant Murray
Grant Murray

Grant Murray is refusing to get carried away with growing talk of Raith Rovers as potential title contenders.

Bookmakers have slashed Rovers odds on winning the Championship after an impressive start to the season that has taken the Kirkcaldy side up to third in the table, and into the Ramsdens Cup semi-final.

And after turning heads on Saturday with the win that broke Queen of the South’s long unbeaten home league record, Raith are starting to be viewed as possible title challengers.

Murray told the Press: “It will probably give the players a lift if we’re being talked up, but I don’t take anything out of it personally.

“We’re not even a quarter into the season and a couple of defeats can totally change your position in the league.

“The way this league is you can chop and change two or three positions from one Saturday to the next.

“We’ve just got to concentrate on ourselves and we’re happy with the way we are at the moment, although you always want more.”

As well as Queen’s, Raith have also faced other fancied sides such Falkirk, Dundee and Hamilton already this season.

“They’ve all been really tight close games,” Murray said. “I’m happy with the way we’ve competed but if you take your foot off the gas and switch off you can fear every team in this league.”

Rovers welcome Alloa Athletic to Stark’s Park this Saturday for a match that will see Murray square off against former team-mate Paul Hartley in the away dug-out.

“I played alongside Paul for a year at St Johnstone and the one thing he has got is drive,” Murray said.

“He’s a winner - he had that mentality as a player, and he’ll want the same for his team.

“But we’re at home and the onus is on us. We want to make Stark’s Park a difficult place for teams to come.

“It’s great going away from home and picking up wins but we want to make our home games count.”