Ross Callachan out to realise Scottish Premiership ambition with Raith Rovers after penning new deal

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BY ALAN TEMPLE – @CCP_Sport

ROSS CALLACHAN has revealed he snubbed interest from the Scottish Premiership to pen a new deal at Stark’s Park – because he reckons he can reach the top-flight with Raith Rovers.

The 23-year-old has been on the books at Raith since the age of 10 and has already racked up 137 appearances since making his senior debut in 2011, cementing his place in the heart of midfield.

Ross County have been credited with interest in the player in the past, while it is understood several clubs from the Scottish Premiership and south of the border were eyeing the playmaker.

Starks Park Raith Rovers 1000pxBut Callachan delivered some welcome news for the Fifers over the international break by committing his future to the club until June 2018 in a move boss Gary Locke described as a “major coup”

And, after reaching the promotion playoffs under Ray McKinnon last term, the youngster is adamant he can go one step further this term.

“I was delighted to sign a new deal. There were other clubs interested but my only aim was to have another good year at Raith and try to push on from there,” said Callachan.

“It is good for your confidence when other teams come to watch you – you need to be playing well for that to happen – but I’m totally focused on doing well for Raith Rovers with high performance levels and being consistent every Saturday.

“I have started every game this season and long may it continue. Of course I want to play at the highest level in Scotland, but I want to do that with Raith. I think that’s a realistic aim.

“Considering the season we had last year as well, the play-offs are realistic for us and, if we get in there, anything can happen.

“I have seen the club get better each year. The gaffer came in and saw things that needed changing and he’s done that right away. The club is getting better – it is only going forward.”

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