TV cameras in town for Raith’s big cup showdown

John Baird nets against Falkirk on Saturday, but the striker is cup-tied for this Saturday's Scottish Cup quarter-final. Pic: Neil Doig
John Baird nets against Falkirk on Saturday, but the striker is cup-tied for this Saturday's Scottish Cup quarter-final. Pic: Neil Doig
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The Sky Sports cameras will be at Stark’s Park on Saturday as Raith Rovers bid to reach the Scottish Cup semi-final for the second time in four years.

Standing in Rovers way is a St Johnstone side currently sitting sixth in the Scottish Premiership, and looking to reach their second national semi-final of the season.

Raith go into the match without a league win in 10 games - their only victory in 2014 came at Easter Road in the previous round of the cup - while Saints have lost three of their last four.

Rovers manager Grant Murray insists that his team will be fired up and ready for this Saturday’s 12.15 p.m kick-off.

“It’s a good one to look forward to,” he said. “We go into the game as underdogs and it’s a great game for the players to look forward to.

“It’s a reward for what they put into the previous round, and now we’ve got the added bonus that it’s on Sky which gives it something extra special.

“I think St Johnstone fans will come down in their numbers and our fans will get behind us as well. It’s got a total cup tie feel about it, and it’s an opportunity to get to a national semi-final.”

Murray played under John McGlynn when Raith reached the last four in 2010 before being knocked out by Dundee United at Hampden and he insists it would mean even more if he could guide the team to another semi-final as manager.

“It would be massive,” he said. “Probably two rounds ago people had us out of the cup going up to Dundee, but it’s just having that wee bit belief that you can go and win a cup tie.

“We know we have to be at our best on Saturday, and you also hope to get a bit of luck, which we got at Easter Road.

“We’ve got a chance but we’ve got to perform to our capabilities because St Johnstone will wipe the floor with us if we don’t approach the game properly.

“We know they are a very good side, we’ve obviously had them watched, and we’ve got to be at our best to have any chance whatsoever.

“We could be at our best and it might not be good enough but it’s cup football and the underdogs can go through on the day.”

Despite the poor league form, Murray is taking positives from recent performances into Saturday’s tie.

“In the Dumbarton, Alloa and Falkirk games we’ve played well enough – it’s just the goals we’ve given away and the timing of them,” he said.

“Going behind in the games has probably hurt us a bit and sapped a wee bit of confidence, but if we can eliminate that we can kick on from it.

“We’ve got to make sure we give a good account of ourselves over the 90 minutes so we can win the game.”

Rovers will be without John Baird, who is cup-tied, and Calum Elliot, who has had a further injury setback after a subsitute appearance against Alloa last week.

Kevin Moon will return to the squad to face his former side after missing the Falkirk match with a minor injury.

Murray added: “Kevin’s been training so he’ll be available again.

“It’s good to have him back against his old club and it’s one he’s been looking forward to since the draw was made.

“Him and Stevie May share digs together, they are flatmates, so it adds a wee bit extra to the game.”

Murray is also considering giving Paul Watson his first start since suffering a broken foot in November.

“When he’s ready I’ll put him back in, if I feel it is going to benefit the team,” Murray said.

“He’s back fit now so if he’s available for selection he will come right into our thoughts.”