It’s sweet home Raith this Saturday & will be a continuing theme for the next 10 days after with Alloa, Dunfermline & Ayr United all heading to Stark’s Park.
Form has been hot & cold for John McGlynn’s side so far this season with a fabulous away day win at Hearts a sign of what Raith Rovers are capable of.
The recent 3-1 victory over Dundee another signal of the capabilities Rovers have with on loan Rangers winger Kai Kennedy & Timmy Abraham from Fulham both impressing.
McGlynn has admitted in the past that this current crop of players is the best squad he’s worked with & it’s hard to debate or argue John’s claim.
They are strong defensively with Kyle Benedictus, Iain Davidson, Reghan Tumilty & Kieran MacDonald alongside the experienced goalkeeper in Jamie MacDonald.
Dylan Tait, Regan Hendry, Daniel Armstrong gave Raith an attacking philosophy from midfield & there’s a strong back-up to match which is good competition for a place in the starting XI every week.
And that’s without mentioning Jamie Gullan who didn’t feature in the Dundee success but will offer another asset in the forward line for Rovers after joining on loan from Hibs recently.
McGlynn has always been keen to stress that avoiding relegation was the target for Rovers this season with the experienced gaffer currently leading Raith into 3rd which has undoubtedly exceeded expectations.
Last weekend’s 1-0 defeat to Arbroath would’ve sent a few shockwaves around Scottish Football unless your in Arbroath colours of course.
Raith Rovers fans have every right to demand consistency from now until April 30th, something which McGlynn acknowledges looking ahead to Saturday’s game at home to Alloa.
Despite the troubles with consistency, any Raith Rovers fan, player & management figure within the club would take a play-off place at present with the Kirkcaldy club.
McGlynn, like any successful football manager would demand high standards across the football club & that’s the message before a key part in the season for Rovers.
Alloa, Dunfermline & Ayr United all possess different challenges for Raith however 9 points to maintain the fine start to the season is possible with the live TV match against the Pars next Friday an opportunity to eradicate the 4-1 defeat at East End Park recently.
Peter Grant’s Alloa have instilled a new philosophy which has been rewarded with a 2-1 win over Queen Of The South recently alongside being unfortunate to come out on the losing side away at Dunfermline last weekend.
The Alloa assignment will by no means be a walkover & McGlynn will get that message loud & clear to his players before Saturday. It’s also an opportunity to create a statement thought after the disappointment of Arbroath last time out.
Ayr are a team failing to get a rhythm started at present with Andre Wright missing through injury a big blow for the Honest Men with boss Mark Kerr coming under some intense pressure for the last wee while now.
3 home matches is on the horizon for Rovers, now is the time to cement Championship football for next term but also show the Championship what Rovers are capable of with momentum also a big thing especially in a competitive & unforgiving league like the Championship.