Neither Hibs nor Falkirk will relish facing Raith Rovers in play-offs, insists boss Ray McKinnon



RAY McKinnon reckons neither Falkirk nor Hibernian will relish taking on his Raith Rovers side in next month’s Premiership play-offs.

The Stark’s Park boss has steered his side against the odds to a shot at promotion to the top-flight in his first season in charge.

If they are unable to overhaul a floundering Hibs and remain in fourth, the Kirkcaldy outfit will face the team directly above them in third spot in the quarter-finals, with the winner taking on the side that clinches second.

Raith Rovers manager Ray McKinnon receives the Ladbrokes Championship Manager of the Month Award for March.
Raith Rovers manager Ray McKinnon receiving the Ladbrokes Championship Manager of the Month Award for March last week

As it stands, Rovers will face Hibs, who they defeated 2-1 last month, with Falkirk lying in wait for the victors.

However, McKinnon believes that, with greater pressure on both the other clubs to go up, Raith will be unwanted opponents for whoever they face.

McKinnon, whose side have matched the recent record of champions Rangers, said: “We’ve won won seven, drawn two and lost one of our last 10 games. We’re the form team in the league right now.

“Anybody playing us over two legs is going to find it very difficult.

“There’s no pressure on us. There’s more pressure on Hibs and Falkirk to try and get into the Premiership, although that’s not to say we won’t be giving everything.”

Speaking to the BBC, he added: “The focus now we’re in the play-offs is to try and get into the Premiership and, as a team, we’re going to give it everything we can to try and achieve that.”