Raith Rovers manager Gary Locke has urged supporters not to expect miracles from Lewis Vaughan after the striker made a goal-scoring comeback following 11 months on the sidelines.
The 20 year-old capped a return to competitive action with the first goal for Rovers in Friday’s 2-1 Betfred Cup victory over Cove Rangers and completed the entire 90 minutes at Station Park.
He could be handed a second successive start in this evening’s Group D clash with Montrose but Locke insists it will take time for the youngster to get back to his best.
Locke said: “I was delighted to see Vaughany get another goal just back from injury.
“He’s had a long time out and it’s important we take our time with him and don’t expect miracles.
“It’s great for his confidence that he gets a goal. Myself and Darren (Jackson) are really keen for him to get into the box because that’s where good strikers always are.
“He got in the box on Friday and got his just rewards.”
Locke is hoping to add another goal scoring threat to his squad in the coming days with former Hearts midfielder Rudi Skacel training with the squad.
He said: “There is a lot of youth in there and we’ve got a couple of injuries at the moment, that’s one of the reasons why Rudi’s come in.
“We are a young squad and we could be doing with a little bit of experience.
“Rudi is going to train with us for a week and we’ll speak with the board of directors and hopefully we can do something. I think he’s still got a lot to offer the squad.”
Meanwhile, Montrose assistant manager John Holt has revealed that they could well go with the same XI who only lost by a late penalty to Premiership Ross County at the weekend.
Holt said: “There wasn’t a single poor player from goalkeeper all the way through the team.
“Raith Rovers will be another hard game but hopefully we’ll get another good performance.”
Gary Fraser’s ankle knock has cleared up and he should be available.