Saturdays victory at Montrose not only marked the banking of 3 points in our Ladbrokes SPFL league 1 campaign – it also saw a key member of the squad hit a significant milestone in his Rovers career:
Attacking midfielder/forward Grant Anderson took to the pitch after half time in the place of the injured Steven Anderson and thereby hit the mark of having appeared in 200 matches for the Rovers in all matches.
Grant first signed for the Rovers (current manager John McGlynn was the manager to scout and sign him) in June 2012 after his contract at Hamilton Accies ended. By the time Grant made his Rovers debut that season though, John McGlynn had left to take up the hot seat at Hearts.
In his first spell at the Rovers – over four seasons – Grant played 174 games and scored 18 goals playing mainly in the wide areas.
His most memorable strike came in the Scottish Cup win at Easter Road in 2014 when his backward header from Joe Cardle’s cross sailed into the top corner in front of an ecstatic Rovers support to seal a vital win. He was also a part of the team that won the Ramsdens Challenge Cup (again at Easter Road) v Rangers in April 2014 when current team mate John Baird scored the vital goal to win the cup for Grant Murray’s Rovers side.
On leaving the Rovers at the end of the 2015 – 2016 season Grant signed for Queen of the South and then Peterhead before signing for Stranraer at the start of the 2017-18 season.
He was among John McGlynn’s first signings at the start of this season as the work to regain our place in the Ladbrokes SPFL Championship started.
This season, Grant has been an important part of the squad – making his mark in wide midfield as well as further forward. He has appeared in 26 games in all competitions so far this season and has notched 4 goals in the current campaign.
Well done Grantie!