Spence wants second Rangers final

Raith Rovers striker Greig Spence is hoping to meet Rangers in a cup final for the second time in his career.

Spence won the Scottish Youth Cup with Celtic in 2011, scoring in a 2-1 win over Rangers in the final at Hampden.

Greig Spence & Dougie Hill show their delight as Rovers score early against Annan. Pic: Neil Doig

Greig Spence & Dougie Hill show their delight as Rovers score early against Annan. Pic: Neil Doig

And after helping Raith see off Annan in Sunday’s semi-final at Stark’s Park, he is hoping for another crack at the Ibrox club, should they manage to overcome Stenhousemuir in the other semi.

“I want to play Rangers,” he said. “It would be a bigger game with more people there, and maybe a bigger venue.

“We’d welcome that challenge. It’s a wee bit frustrating that the final isn’t until April, but it’s one we can look forward to.

“The good thing is we can put it to the back of our minds for now and concentrate on the league, but when it comes round it will be a good occasion for the club.”

Spence was initially credited with scoring Rovers first minute opener in Sunday’s 3-0 win over Annan, but TV replays showed it to be a Peter Weatherson own goal.

“It was nowhere near me,” he confessed. “It came off their defender.

“We maybe scored too early because the game-plan went out the window a wee bit.

“It took us 10 to 15 minutes to adjust but after that I thought we were comfortable.

“Our problem has sometimes been scoring the second goal, like against Falkirk, but as soon as we got it that sealed the win.”

Spence was the most relieved man inside Stark’s Park when Calum Elliot scored Rovers’ second as he had earlier missed the target from two yards.

“It came across the box that fast, I don’t think there was anything else I could do but stick my leg at it,” he said.

“That’s my first miss like that for a long time so it was ironic that it was on live TV. I’ve just got to live with it!”

The focus now shifts back to league business and games don’t come much bigger than this Saturday’s top of the table clash away to leaders Hamilton.

“It’s a massive game for us,” Spence said. “They’ve been flying at the top of league and we’ve been following them, so Saturday is really vital.

“We want to get a victory to send a signal out to the rest of the league. They are there to be caught.”