@FitbawReal spoke to Raith Rovers footballer Robbie Thomson
Q- Raith Rovers are back in action with training and friendlies.. how does it feel to return and what’s the new norm like?
A – “It’s great to be back, I love football so that part is great for me but it still feels pretty strange. When you are on the pitch playing and training it’s fine, but all the external stuff surrounding the full situation doesn’t make it feel the same.
Q- You achieved promotion to the Championship last season – what’s the aim for this campaign?
A- “The aim is to keep momentum going and be a side that teams are not looking forward to coming up against in the Championship. It’s vital we build on what we have achieved so far. As it’s a shorter season, it will be the teams that deal with the empty stadiums the best and have strong starts the campaign that will go on to be successful.”
Q- You have an experienced duo in Jamie MacDonald and David McGurn at the club with you – what is it like working with the duo?
A- “It’s great, no matter the club there is always a goalkeeping union and the guys are great to work with along with young Kyle Bow the apprentice ! We constantly talk goalkeeping and share our own thoughts and ideas on training and games in a constructive way and aim to get the best out of training, games and each other.”
Q- We’ve seen the likes of Charlie Adam arrive at Dundee and Hearts bring in Craig Gordon and retain guys like Steven Naismith..are you looking forward to testing yourself against them?
A – “Everyone at the club has been desperate to get back up to the Championship for obvious reasons, and coming up against better players and bigger clubs are one of the things we need to respond to. Those guys have had fantastic careers and it’s now our job to make life as difficult as possible for them when they come up against raith this season.”
Q- You started your career at Celtic and have a number of Scotland youth caps – do you have a favourite game, save or memory to date?
A – “I would probably say my first ever game on loan at Stenhousemuir was a highlight, it all happened last minute and I ended up getting a 9 in the paper the next day! It was at a time where I was training with the 1st team goalkeepers at Celtic everyday and getting exposed to first team football at the weekend, so looking back that was a fantastic learning experience for me and something I look back on with fond memories. The squad at Stenny gave me a great insight to what football is really like and gave me a great grounding as a young footballer.”
Q- Finally, fans are still awaiting the green light for a return to stadiums. How important a role will they play for Raith this season?
A – “They are the life and soul of the football club, and it isn’t the same without them at games. I think every player up and down the country is missing the feeling of playing in front of fans and I can’t wait until they are allowed back in. In the mean time we need to respond to the challenge and do as well as we can without them. Everyone at the club knows how important the supports are so the sooner we see everyone back the better.”