2017/18 Preview – Raith

Barry Smith has came in and recruited confidently over the summer. Despite only making 3 additions, the Kirkcaldy club look strong heading into the new campaign. Are they favourites for League One? Here is my thoughts.

With Kevin Cuthbert injured, but also stepping back slightly into the coaching mantra of the game, it is a terrific signing to convince Aaron Lennox to stick around at Stark’s Park. Once Cuthbert regains fitness, I suspect there will eb a tough battle on his hands..

Defensively, not much has changed for the Rovers. With M’Voto and Barr leaving, it has been left to David Mackay tostep upo from the Development Squad, as well as Euan Murray coming in. The weakest area of the squad is full-back, particularly on the left with no natural full-back in position. While Murray and Benedictus can cover this area, I think a more natural full-back would benefit Rovers and with reports of Kevin McHattie signing then it seems as if these concerns will be met by Smith.

With Iain Davidson able to cover defence and midfield, it gives good cover in both positions while Callachan, Robertson and Matthews provide plenty options in the centre of the park. With Bobby Barr and Andreas Thorsen providing support on the flanks, this may be the only other area of the squad which looks slightly thin oin the ground,. Lewis Vaughan can also play here, but it isn’t his natural position. If Raith have any spare budget, I think adding a further winger and creative player could be key in their challenge for the title.

Up front, the aforementioned Vaughan alongside former Alloa colleagues Liam Buchanan and Greig Spence. With youngsters Jonny Court and Yaw Osei in the background pushing for an opportunity, Raith looked well stocked in the forward area.

In conclusion, I think Raith are very strong and will push Ayr close to the title. If they can add a more natural full-back and another winger, I think they will be set to go and push towards regaining their Championship status, at the first time of asking.

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