Rovers look forward to Rangers clash

Update: The game finished 1-0, with Rangers’ Andrew Halliday the only scorer.

Raith Rovers manager Ray McKinnon recognised the task his side will face at Starks Park as they take on league leaders Rangers tonight. 

McKinnon’s side has conceded 21 goals in their last five games against Rangers and the former Brechin manager is keen to avoid a similar scoreline at the hands of the Govan side.

McKinnon said,  “Being realistic, they are a phenomenal sized club compared to ours.

“They’ve got people like Waghorn, who score 27 goals you know that’s their threat and it’s up to us to try and combat that.

“You need to keep them at bay and make sure you limit them, and make sure you take your chances when you take them.”

The gaffer also thanked the backing of a local businessman who have been getting behind the club recently, which helped towards three new signings come the end of the January window, including Leicester loanee, Harry Panayiotou.

The 21 year-old striker has joined Rovers on a deal until the end of the season, saying,  “When I heard Raith wanted me, I wanted to come here straight away.

“They were the first interested and put their belief in me, and I want to give it back to them.”

The St Kitts and Nevis international, who arrived shortly after other newcomers Louis Longridge and Aidan Connolly from Hamilton and Dundee respectively, spoke of his desire to get off the mark quickly against Rangers to show the Raith faithful just what he can do.

Harry said,  “If I start tomorrow, or if I play next week then I’m just going to express myself to show everybody what I can do, show myself what I can do.

“I need to prove to myself what I can do first.

“I’m going to go out there with a free spirit, try take on a few players and hopefully score some goals and enjoy myself.”

The current Leicester under 21 player of the year will be hoping to start proving himself in tonight’s hotly anticipated tie, as Rovers look to strengthen their playoff position from challengers Queen of the South, and Rangers look to take a step closer to league glory.

Image: The logo of the Scottish Professional Football League

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Grant Barnes

Grant Barnes

I have developed a continuing interest in football from a very young age and have attended games for as long as I remember. With the help of Young Perspective I have been able to attend football and sports press conferences and have been able to develop my writing skills, with a view looking forward to working in media relations with football along with other sports.

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