This headache is great to have

Brian Graham gives Rovers the lead. Raith Rovers v Airdrie . Pic: Tony Fimister
Brian Graham gives Rovers the lead. Raith Rovers v Airdrie . Pic: Tony Fimister

MANAGER Grant Murray believes competition for places could be the key to Raith Rovers’ success this season.

Murray made four changes to his team on Saturday and handed new signing Simon Mensing his debut as Rovers bounced back from two defeats to beat Airdrie.

But with the likes of Laurie Ellis, Greig Spence and Grant Anderson pushing for a place in the starting 11 - as well as himself - Murray admits he faces a selection dilemma.

“It’s a good headache to have,” he told the Press. “The guys that are waiting to get their chance are champing at the bit.

“It’s all about being competitive in training and having guys who want to fight for their place.

“We have that at the moment and it can only benefit us.”

Murray believes Saturday’s victory was crucial to restore any confidence damaged by the defeats to Dunfermline and Partick.

“Getting back to winning ways was the most important thing,” he said.

“I’ve said from the start of the season that we want to win as many home games as possible.

“It’s where we play in front of our fans, and they want to see us winning games.

“I’m delighted we got back to that on Saturday.”

Raith travel to Cappielow on Saturday - a venue that has produced mixed results in recent years.

“We’ve had some good results there, but on the flip-side we were also on the end of a heavy 5-0 defeat a few seasons ago,” he said.

“I was red carded that day and it proved a difficult game for us - Morton played very well.

“It’s a lovely playing surface and the crowd get right behind them.

“They had a great win at the weekend, scoring four goals, but we have to be confident after our result on Saturday.”

Murray will demand his players stay focused on the league match, with a trip to Parkhead in the League Cup looming on Tuesday.

“We have to concentrate on Saturday first, do the business at Cappielow, and then turn our attention to the Celtic game,” he said. “We’ve made it clear to them that the Morton game is the biggest game we’ve got coming up.”

A TESTIMONIAL dinner has been organised for Raith stalwart Laurie Ellis at the Gilvenbank Hotel on Sunday, September 30. As well as a three-course meal, Eric Davidson and Jimmy Nicholl will be speaking. Tickets are priced at £35 per head and can be booked from the hotel on (01592) 742077.