Scottish Daily Mail

McGLYNN KEEPING COOL, BUT HE’S CHASING THE BIG PRIZE

- By ALAN DOUGLAS

JOHn McGLynn insists his relaxed attitude to Raith Rovers’ play-off against Dunfermlin­e should not be confused with lacking ambition. The Kirkcaldy side fought out a goalless draw with the Pars in the first leg of their Premiershi­p play-off tie at East End Park on Tuesday night. The two Fife clubs meet again at Stark’s Park today for the right to play Championsh­ip runners-up Dundee over two legs in the semi-final, with the 11th-placed Premiershi­p side awaiting the winners. Boss McGlynn (right), happy to see defender Iain Davidson win his appeal against the red card picked up against Hearts last week, is pleased with the situation Rovers find themselves in. He said: ‘I am relaxed about it but don’t let that fool you from the ambition, desire and commitment to get into the Premiershi­p. ‘I was really proud of the way they played the other night. I am fairly relaxed because we have overachiev­ed but again I have to repeat, that doesn’t make us any less ambitious than Dunfermlin­e or Dundee to get to the Premiershi­p. ‘now that we are in this situation we are trying to grasp it with both hands. ‘Both teams tried their best to get in front the other night and it just didn’t happen in front of goal, so we go again, it is half-time.’ McGlynn concurred with veteran goalkeeper Jamie MacDonald’s desire to once again be playing at places like Ibrox and Celtic Park next season. He said: ‘We want to manage in that league and go to these places. Everyone should have that ambition to do that. ‘We feel that even now, that we have every bit as good a chance as Dunfermlin­e or Dundee to get to that play-off game and take our chances when we get there.’

limited amount of fans will be allowed to attend all of the SPFL play-off finals after the Scottish Championsh­ip, League One and League Two dates were reschedule­d. The Scottish Government is expected to confirm that crowds of up to 500 will be permitted without prior permission from May 17. The Championsh­ip final will now be on May 18 and 21, the League One showpiece on May 17 and 20, and the League Two final on May 18 and 23. All four League One and Championsh­ip games will be shown live on BBC Alba. The Premiershi­p final, on May 20 and 24, should also be able to welcome fans.

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