Murray wary of Raith threat

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Murray’s only focus is tomorrow’s match against Raith (Credit: Luke Barry)

Hibernian assistant coach Grant Murray says Hibs must “respect” Raith Rovers in tomorrow’s Scottish Cup fifth round tie.

Hibs are two divisions higher than Raith in league football, but Murray emphasised that his players need to focus on winning tomorrow as the Kirkcaldy club will go into the game tomorrow believing that they can pull off a surprise.

“We’ve got to be wary of Raith. They’re winning games of football, they’re scoring goals. And like us, their attention will turn to the cup,” he said.

“We have to respect them. But we’ve also got to focus on our own game, stamp our own authority and hope that we play good enough football on the day to get us through.”

Hibs have lost their previous two league games against Aberdeen and Celtic, but Murray believes the club most put all their attention into tomorrow’s match and focus on a strong cup run.

“It’s the most important game for us because it’s the only game we can affect at the weekend.

“I said that to the players, we have to turn our attention away from the league because we can’t do anything about it this weekend. The only game we can win is the game tomorrow against Raith Rovers.

“It’s a fantastic opportunity to progress and get into the quarter-finals of the cup. It’s up to us, as the coaching staff, to have them ready, and make sure that they go and take that opportunity. But it won’t be easy – no game is easy.”

Tomorrow’s match will see Murray come up against his former club, as well as his former boss. The 43-year-old worked with John McGlynn at both Heart of Midlothian and Raith but while the Hibs coach accepted that he has some great times under McGlynn’s stewardship, that friendship goes out the window for tomorrow’s game.

 

“John [McGlynn] came in as a youth coach at Hearts when I had just got myself into the first team, so I didn’t work with him that much. But I worked with him whenever we came to do things with the first team.

“And then he took me to Raith Rovers at the tail end of my career, and I had a great time there. We had some great days, notably in the Scottish Cup.

“But that gets put aside tomorrow when three o’clock comes. My only focus is on doing what’s right for this football club, which is getting us into the next round.”

 

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