BY IAIN COLLIN – @CCP_sport
Ray McKinnon insists Raith Rovers will be going all out to pull off a shock win over Rangers this weekend – despite their extensive injury list.
The Stark’s Park outfit could be missing as many as nine first-team players for the visit of the league leaders, with skipper Jason Thomson, defenders Lewis Toshney and Kyle Benedictus and midfielders Ryan McCord and Grant Anderson amongst those either definitely out or doubtful for Saturday.
The Fifers arrested a run of five matches without a win when they defeated Elgin City 2-1 in the Scottish Cup at the weekend to set up a fourth round tie with Hibernian next month.
And McKinnon is eager to accentuate the positives of that victory and the previous draws with Dumbarton and St Mirren in which Rovers conceded late equalisers.
He said: “Last week was a difficult week. We were so disappointed to lose late goals against Dumbarton and St Mirren after getting ourselves into the position to win both matches.
But, at the start of the season, if you had said we would go away to Dumbarton and take a point and get a point at home to St Mirren, the team that had just been relegated from the Premiership, it probably wouldn’t have sounded too bad.
“It was just really frustrating, because we should have won both games, but we got the win at Elgin and got ourselves into the next round of the cup.
“The boys have been flying in training this week, at least the ones who are able to train, and we’re looking forward to Rangers coming to our place.
“We’ll go out there and play to a game-plan and try and get a result. We’ll be trying to win the game, that’s for sure.”