Tait stakes his claim for Raith Rovers regular start

Dylan Tait hopes he’s given Raith Rovers manager John McGlynn a selection headache after being involved in both of his team’s goals against Stirling Albion.

Thursday, 25th March 2021, 9:11 am
Dylan Tait celebrates scoring against Stirling (Pic: Scott Louden)

The midfielder has been in and out of the starting line-up over the season, but with a goal and an assist in the 2-0 win on Tuesday night, he reckons he has put down a marker for a regular starting position.

“I've been out of the team for the last few games, so it was an opportunity for me to stake a claim to get back in the team for the league games,” he said after the match.

“I don't think I've done myself any harm with a goal and an assist tonight.

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Dylan Tait on the ball during the win over Stirling Albion (Pic: Scott Louden)

“I probably could have got a couple more if I wasn't lacking a wee bit of confidence just now. A bit more confidence and I could have maybe got two or three, but I'm happy with a goal and an assist.

The first goal of the evening came from a corner by the 19-year-old, but he revealed that he wasn’t supposed to even take it.

“Kai [Kennedy] is meant to take the corners, but he hurt his knee during the game, so I hit the last two and thankfully my delivery was good and Gozie [Ugwu] got a good header on it,” he said.

“It was just before half-time and took the stuffing out of them, so it was a good goal.”

Dylan Tait heads in Rovers' second goal

The second goal was a first for teenager – a header from a pinpoint cross from Regan Tumilty

“It was my first ever header,” he said .

"Hopefully there are more to come.

“My last goal was at Queen of the South in the second league game. I've had a couple of chances before now, so it was good to get back on the scoresheet.

“I was hoping Regan was going to do it. He'd made a couple of runs earlier and hadn't put it over, but this time he did and it was just perfect.

"The two full-backs have got a lot of quality and that is how we try to play.

“We try to get the full-backs down and get balls into the box for midfield runners and forwards to try and get goals.

“Regan just took a touch, and when I saw him delivering it, I couldn't really miss, to be honest. It was just right on my head, so I just let the ball hit it and it went in.”

He added: “I was just buzzing to score.”