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.
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.
“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.”
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.”