We’re still motivated, insists Raith midfielder Conroy

The recriminations begin in the Raith defence as Haris Vuckic fires Rangers into a 2-0 lead at Ibrox on Sunday. Pic: Fife Photo Agency
The recriminations begin in the Raith defence as Haris Vuckic fires Rangers into a 2-0 lead at Ibrox on Sunday. Pic: Fife Photo Agency

Ryan Conroy has insisted that motivation should not be a problem for Raith Rovers in their remaining games.

After falling out of the promotion play-off race, Rovers look likely to finish the season in sixth place in the Championship regardless of upcoming results.

“I think we just need to self-motivate ourselves. People might talk about how it’s hard to motivate yourself, but on a personal level you just need to do it.”

This seemed to be reflected in Rovers dismal 4-0 defeat at Ibrox on Sunday, which followed a similarly listless display in the midweek derby defeat at home to Cowdenbeath.

However, Conroy insists that players will be up for their three remaining games, starting with Saturday’s trip to Tynecastle to face league champions Hearts.

“I wouldn’t say it’s hard to get motivated,” he told the Press.

“Coming to places like Ibrox and Tynecastle - that’s the games at the start of the season that I personally looked forward to, and I know most of the boys are the same.

“Fans are still coming to watch and expecting you to put on a performance, but it’s not like the boys aren’t trying.

“I think we just need to self-motivate ourselves. People might talk about how it’s hard to motivate yourself, but on a personal level you just need to do it.”

Self-motivation for Conroy comes from the possibility of him finishing the season as the club’s top scorer - he is currently tied on nine goals each with Mark Stewart.

“The striker’s will probably worry more about that than myself but it would be nice to have that under my belt,” he said.

“It always a good thing to have as a midfielder and double figures is something you look for at the start of the season.”

Conroy was speaking after Sunday’s defeat at Ibrox and he accepted that the team failed to do themselves justice.

“Rangers have been a bit rejuvenated over the last couple of weeks, so we knew it was going to be a difficult afternoon, but I think we made it a bit too easy for them,” he said.

“The last thing you want to do is concede a goal in the first five minutes. We talked about that all week and unfortunately it’s happened.

“We had to pick ourselves up from that, and we weren’t happy with ourselves at half-time, but at the start of the second half we started to frustrate them and I had a couple chances as well.

“I think we had them at that stage - they were off their stride and a bit rattled - and if one of the chances goes in it makes it a different game. But once they get the third it just kills the game off.”