Raith Rovers 



Stark’s Park

Saturday 5th December 2015

Kick off: 3.00pm 


UPDATE as at Friday 3.45pm – Stark’s Park is currently in very good condition, but the overnight weather forecast is for strong gales and heavy rain. Should an inspection be required in the morning, this will be notified via all social media channels. Supporters travelling from the central belt will be aware of the Forth Road Bridge closure, and it is strongly advised that alternative routes are used. Please allow extra time for travel.

Admission Information: 

HOME SUPPORT – Turnstiles will open from 1345 and the ticket office will open from 1100. There is a limited number of tickets available for the South and Main Stand tickets which can be purchased up until kick off. There will be no cash turnstiles.

Adults – £20 

Under 16/Over 65 – £10 

Disabled/Carer – £10 

AWAY SUPPORT – Turnstiles will open from 1345 and the ticket POD at the McDermid Stand will be open for ticket uplifts and purchase of programmes and 50/50 tickets. The McDermid and Keytech Stands are SOLD OUT.

Match Preview:

Raith Rovers are back in league action at Stark’s Park this Saturday, and while they’re looking to build on last weekend’s 2-1 win at Borough Briggs against Elgin, they’ll have to overcome the formidable obstacle of Rangers if they’re to extend their unbeaten run.

Ray McKinnon’s men will be coming up against a side who moved three points clear of Hibs in midweek, after the Ibrox outfit eventually overcome Dumbarton 4-0, after a goalless first half. Jason Holt put Mark Warburton’s men ahead early in the second period, before Martyn Waghorn put Rangers firmly in control with a well-taken second on the hour mark. Nathan Oduwa made it three, before Andy Halliday completed the scoring from the penalty-spot.

Raith’s win on their last outing was less resounding, but it was nonetheless merited, with Ryan McCord opening the scoring with a penalty against Jim Weir’s Elgin team, before Grant Anderson made it two with his third goal of the season. Jordan Hallsman reduced the arrears in the final stages, and while it brought some fraught moments in the closing stages, Rovers saw out the match, and face Hibernian in the next round as a reward.

Saturday’s fixture will be the second meeting of the season between these two clubs, with the first proving something of a long afternoon for Raith, as they lost 5-0 at Ibrox, after an excellent performance from the home side at the beginning of September. The result meant Raith have now gone 17 league matches without a league win against Saturday’s opponents, with their last victory a 2-1 win back in March 1970.

However, Rovers have come out on top twice in recent seasons, with a 2-1 Scottish Cup triumph as recently as February, and of course, the 1-0 win in Ramsdens Cup Final in 2014. To achieve something similar this time around, Rovers will need to shackle a side that has scored 44 goals in just 15 league games, with Martyn Waghorn already on 19 goals for the season, while attacking full-back James Tavernier is on 10.

Unusually, this will be Raith Rovers last Saturday fixture until Boxing Day, with the next two weekend’s seeing them playing on consecutive Friday evenings away from home against Morton, and Queen of the South.

Saturday’s match referee will be Euan Anderson.

Head-to-Head League Record at Stark’s Park:

Raith Rovers Wins: 8 | Rangers Wins: 27 | Draws: 7

Raith Rovers Goals: 49 | Rangers Goals: 92

Current Form:

Raith Rovers: L-L-L-D-D-W

Rangers: W-L-W-D-W-W

Top Goalscorers:

Raith Rovers: Mark Stewart 6 | Kyle Benedictus 3 | James Craigen 3 | Grant Anderson 3

Rangers: Martin Waghorn 19 | James Tavernier 10 | Jason Holt 7 | Kenny Miller 6

Match Odds:

Raith Rovers: 8/1 | Rangers: 1/3 | Draw: 17/4

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