On-loan Cowdenbeath kid David Syme desperate to avoid unwanted double after Raith Rovers’ relegation

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DAVID SYME saw parent club Raith Rovers suffer relegation last weekend and is determined Cowdenbeath won’t make it a devastating Fife double this afternoon.

Syme left Partick Thistle for Raith in January to hook up again with Gary Locke, his former manager from first club Kilmarnock.

When Locke was sacked by Rovers and subsequently took the reins across the Kingdom at Cowdenbeath, Syme joined up with the ex-Hearts boss for a third time after penning a loan deal in March.

The 19-year-old was unable to help the Blue Brazil avoid bottom spot in League Two and the nerve-jangling play-off with Lowland League winners East Kilbride.

But, after last Saturday’s goalless first-leg, the versatile centre-back is convinced the Fifers can cling on to their SPFL status at Central Park today.

He told @CCP_sport: “It’s a massive game for the club and there’s one thing for sure, I’ll be up for the task in hand.

“After last weekend, we all know we’re going to be in a competition in this game. It’s certainly not going to be easy and I think it’ll come down to who has the most bottle.

“It’s going to be a battle right to the end and hopefully we can get the first goal and the confidence will flow.

QUALITY

“It’s about who the better team is on the day, and that’s why we’re confident, knowing we’ve got quite a few full-time players, like myself, Dale Carrick, Liam Henderson, Robbie Buchanan and Lewis Moore.

“Hopefully we can bring an extra bit of fitness and an extra bit of quality to beat them.”

Syme made his Kilmarnock debut in February 2015 as the Rugby Park side scrapped to 10th in the Premiership, and was involved again last season as the Ayrshire men struggled to 11th and their play-off victory over Falkirk.

And the teenager is desperate to ensure his successful battles against the drop with Killie are repeated with Cowdenbeath.

He added: “I’ve spoken to a few of the boys over at Raith and they’re all very disappointed, and feel they’ve let the club down.

“I’ve not actually been relegated, even though for most of my career I’ve been in relegation battles. It’s not something I want to experience.”

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