Allan Walker
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ALLAN Walker helped Raith Rovers secure their first division status this week - now he hopes local rivals Dunfermline can do the same.

Rovers’ 2-1 victory in Dumbarton on Tuesday night guaranteed their safety, but the Pars, who have been hit with a 15-point deduction for entering administration, are now fighting to avoid the drop.

While the demise of a derby rival can often be supporters’ cue to gloat, Walker admits he will be gutted if Dunfermline go down.

“As a Raith Rovers player, I want to see them stay in the league,” said the skipper.

“For me, it makes the league better, and it’s the games the fans wait all season for.

“We’ve not really gave our fans anything to shout about against them this season, so we want to get revenge.

“Financially for the club as well, it’s much better if Dunfermline are in the league.”

Rovers 4-2 defeat to Dumbarton two weeks ago had threatened to drag the Kirkcaldy men into the relegation mix.

However, taking seven points from the three games since has not only erased those fears, it has also put Rovers back in the frame for a top half finish.

“It’s good to know we’re safe but I don’t think we were ever looking below us,” Walker explained.

“People do get worried about the place, but the players and staff were always confident we would be alright.

“We’ve got a small squad but it’s full of quality. We were always looking to try and catch Falkirk - and that’s still our aim.”

Walker viewed Tuesday’s win over Dumbarton as payback for the 4-2 defeat suffered on the same ground a fortnight ago.

“To come here and win 2-1 after the manner we played two weeks ago is very important,” he said.

“We were poor in the second half that night, we mentally collapsed, and that’s not a Raith Rovers team.

“The manager let us know that. It’s probably the most agitated I’ve ever seen him.

“We’ve responded with three good performance but we need to do that all season because the manager deserves it.

“There’s no better professional in the game, the same goes for Laurie Ellis and Paul Smith.

“Hopefully we can go on and clinch fourth spot for them.”

Walker is currently in his fifth season at Stark’s Park, and he hopes to extend his stay when his current contract runs out the summer.

“I don’t think any of the players have been spoken to yet,” he said.

“The club still doesn’t know what’s going to happen with reconstruction, and that will affect the budget.

“There’s still six or seven weeks left and I’m sure the manager will come to us in time.

“I’m obviously looking to stay at the club. I’ve been here a long time, and I enjoy it here, so I hope something comes up.”