BY IAIN COLLIN – @CCP_sport
The Morton squad will enjoy a welcome Christmas holiday after tonight’s clash with Raith Rovers – and Bobby Barr is desperate to ensure the fizz does not go out of their festive celebrations prematurely.
The Greenock outfit played their Boxing Day clash with Queen of the South in October, so do not play again until their Renfrewshire derby against St Mirren on January 2.
Barr is amongst the Cappielow players taking advantage of the lay-off to get away from it all at a time of year when footballers usually face a hectic schedule.
But the 27-year-old is intent on making sure the high of last weekend’s 2-2 draw with Rangers does not fall flat against the Fifers.
The winger said: “We’re getting a wee break over Christmas, which is ideal.
“We played our Boxing Day game in October, so we’re getting some time off. It’s a wee bit different, I’ve never had time off in December before.
“So, hopefully we can all enjoy the break with another good result against Raith.
“Obviously last Saturday’s result was excellent for us. Nobody was expecting us to get anything at Ibrox.
“So, the boys are full of confidence just now and we’re just looking forward to the Raith game.
“We definitely felt we could get something last weekend.
“We knew that all of us would have to play to our maximum and work as hard as we could.
“But the gaffer had a game-plan and we went there confident, and we thoroughly deserved our point – we were just unlucky not to hang on for the win in the end.
“We want to keep the momentum going now and this is a massive game for us, because Raith would go above us if they beat us and if we win we would go three points ahead.”
Barr worked under Raith boss Ray McKinnon during his two seasons at Brechin City and knows the visitors will be well organised this evening.
He added: “I knew Ray would go to Raith and do really well. He’s a very good manager, he’s tactically very good, and he’s shown that with what he’s done at Raith in the short time he’s been there.”