The Raith Rovers man Celtic will have to keep quiet tonight

By Euan Davidson

September 23, 2021

Raith Rovers boss John McGlynn has hyped up his star man Dario Zanatta ahead of meeting Celtic tonight.

McGlynn has even told Zanatta to treat the match as an audition for bigger things, and that he doesn’t expect to keep him around for long. Especially that is, if he impresses at Celtic Park tonight.

Raith Rovers come into their visit to Paradise off the back of some decent results. 4 wins in their last 5 has Rovers boss and former Celtic employee McGlynn feeling buoyant.

The Raith manager was particularly enthusiastic about former Hearts and Vancouver Whitecaps man Dario Zanatta. Since rejoining the Kirkcaldy side in the summer, he’s scored 5 and set up another in 11 outings [Transfermarkt].

The 24-year-old has had something of a nomadic career thus far. Along with Hearts and Raith Rovers, he’s turned out for Queen’s Park, Alloa Athletic, Partick Thistle and Ayr United.

However, it’s in Kirkcaldy where Zanatta seems most at home. Albeit, McGlynn hope for his sake that he doesn’t get too comfortable.

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McGlynn said [The Courier]:

“We tell Dario not to be satisfied by playing for Raith Rovers. He can play at a higher level.

“That’s the message for everyone: don’t rest on your laurels.

“Can he put on a performance on Thursday night to worry the Celtic defence? I hope so.”

Raith Rovers in confident mood ahead of Celtic clash, but not getting ahead of themselves

John McGlynn, who worked under Brendan Rodgers at Celtic, is feeling confident, but he isn’t swayed by recent form under new boss Ange Postecoglou.

Instead, the former Bhoys coach is more than aware of how dangerous Celtic can be, especially at home.

McGlynn said [The Courier]:

“Celtic were absolutely flying a couple of weeks ago and I’m not going to be derailed in my thoughts just because they lost on Sunday [against Livingston.

“It’s going to be a big challenge.”

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On Raith TV, McGlynn was also full of praise for the options Celtic had at their disposal. Specifically Tom Rogic, who he said had a “new lease of life” under Postecoglou.

Certainly, McGlynn is full of respect for his opposition tonight. However, what good it would do for his CV to take the game to Celtic. You feel as if McGlynn will go right at Postecoglou’s men from the off.

If he’s to do that, on-form left-winger Zanatta is going to be important. Especially if, as McGlynn suggests, he’s destined for bigger things.

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