BY ALAN TEMPLE – @CCP_Sport
Raith Rovers have been handed a major boost ahead of their Championship opener against Ayr United with the news that Scott Robertson has returned to full training.
The 31-year-old has been sidelined for the majority of pre-season, barring a late cameo in the Betfred Cup win over Montrose, as he battles the groin complaint which saw him miss the promotion playoffs last term.
However, the former Scotland internationalist rejoined light training at the club’s Glenrothes training base last week as he eyes a return to action.
Boss Gary Locke is unlikely to want to rush Robertson back into action, however his quality and experience could be valuable, with the Fifers currently reliant on young duo Ross Callachan and Ross Matthews as central midfield options alongside Iain Davidson.
Ex-Dundee United and Hibernian man Robertson joined the Stark’s Park side in October 2015 following an ill-fated stint with FC Botosani in Romania and went on to make 21 appearances last term.
He penned a one-year extension under former boss Ray McKinnon in April.
Locke explained: “Scott Robertson came back to train with the boys on Thursday which is terrific to see for us.
“He is an experienced player and he’s been missed during pre-season so it will be great to get him back involved and in among the lads.
“His know-how will be invaluable this season so that’s a major positive. Hopefully are getting very close to full strength.”