Rovers take positives from ITC defeat

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Raith Rovers went down 1-0 to Inverness Caley in Saturday’s friendly, but for manager Grant Murray there were many positives to take from a very wet Stark’s Park.

He saw improvements all round after the midweek four-goal drubbing at the hands of York City, and was delighted with the debuts of keeper Kevin Cuthbert, and former Rangers player Ross Perry in the heart of a defence that will benefit from a solid 90-minute test against a good SPL outfit.

Rovers also carved out some excellent chances, most of them falling to Christian Nade who rattled the bar with one cracking volley, and saw two great efforts test both of Caley’s keepers.

The Inverness team brought 18 players to Stark’s Park and gave them all playing time, while Rovers listed no fewer than nine subs.

Hopes of a draw evaporated with Ryan Christie’s 81st touch home, but Murray was more than happy with the afternoon.

He said: ‘‘We got a lot out of that game.

‘‘We under performed against York on Tuesday so this was a big improvement and it sets us up nicely for next weekend’s derby.

‘‘Inverness played some good football today so it was a really good test for us.’’

The boss was also pleased with his debutants, keeper Cuthbert, and the newly signed Perry who joined after his contract with Rangers was terminated in June.

The 24-year old central defender broke through to the first team at Ibrox, but didn’t feature at all during the last campaign after suffering ankle ligament damage in a pre-season friendly.

Perry had loan spells with Falkirk and Oxford, and has now signed with Rovers.