BOBBY Barr wants to thank Ray McKinnon for taking him to Raith Rovers – by putting his Dundee United side to the sword.
Barr signed a pre-contract last season to join Rovers in the summer after being targeted by McKinnon, who worked with the winger previously at Brechin City.
The 28-year-old was happy at Morton but was convinced to make the switch because of his desire to work again with McKinnon.
However, before his arrival at Stark’s Park, Barr saw McKinnon return to his beloved Dundee United to spearhead the Tangerines’ promotion bid.
And Barr is aiming to ensure Rovers’ old boss does not enjoy his return to the Kirkcaldy club this afternoon.
He said: “It’s a bit strange that the manager that brought me here will be in the opposite dugout. I’ve got a lot of time for Ray, Darren [Taylor] and Grant [Johnson].
“They were kind enough to give me a deal here but then they left.
“But Raith have been good to me so hopefully I can put one over on them on Saturday.
“I wouldn’t have been here if it wasn’t for Ray. I was happy at Morton and one of the main reasons I signed for Raith was because of the manager.
“But I’m thoroughly enjoying it and I feel I’m doing all right, and hopefully we can do well on Saturday.”
Barr made his comeback as a substitute in last weekend’s defeat to St Mirren after seven weeks out with a knee injury.
He had always targeted Saturday’s match for his return, with games against Hibs, Dunfermline and Falkirk to follow in the coming weeks.
And the former Livingston attacker is hoping to help the Fife outfit bounce back from the disappointment of their first loss in seven matches in Paisley last week.
He added: “I am back a wee bit early but hopefully I can contribute on Saturday.
“It’s a big game and hopefully I did enough last weekend to be in the manager’s thoughts to start against United.
“They are on some run just now but we have played them this season away from home [a 2-2 draw] and there is nothing to fear there. We just have to give it our best.”