Preview: Airdrieonians vs Raith Rovers
December 7, 2017
Rohan Ferguson is the last line of defence against Raith Rovers on Sunday, and the comeback keeper wants to give his Airdrie team-mates a platform to three points.
Ferguson made his return to the starting line-up in last weekend's victory over Forfar Athletic after missing five matches with a back injury.
Kyle Gourlay and Kelby Mason deputised on emergency loans from Dundee and Hearts respectively, but Ferguson reclaimed the number one shirt last weekend after getting the all-clear from the medical staff.
"I'm back to full fitness now, which Is good.
"It's always very frustrating sitting on the sidelines, especially at a difficult time in the season. It would've been great to play and try to help the boys out but unfortunately you can't do much about injuries."
Having joined Motherwell in August, Ferguson was loaned back to the Diamonds for the rest of the season, and the goalkeeper - who turned 20 this week - is pleased with the situation.
"Things have changed a lot actually. The set-up at Motherwell is very professional, and I've had to make a lot of personal changes in terms of my diet, my gym programme and stuff like that.
"It's great to have the opportunity to come back to Airdrie on loan and finish the season here though."
As the halfway point in the season approaches, Ferguson is looking for an improvement in fortunes before he leaves the club where he made his name.
"The way things have been going people might see it as a success to stay up in League One, but with the players we have I see no reason why we couldn't get in top four - especially with the league being so tight."
With Raith Rovers visiting for Sunday's televised match, Rohan is expecting a difficult afternoon - but the keeper believes he holds the key to a positive result.
"Of course Raith is going to be a hard game, they'll be right up for it and they're a really good side, but if we focus on ourselves and what we can do then it'll be an interesting game.
"A clean sheet would be good - if you don't concede you can't lose!"
First team coach Stephen Findlay agrees that his Diamonds side will have to be strong defensively against a Raith team which have been in the top two for the majority of the season.
"If we’re disciplined in our shape, we’ll give ourselves the chance to get up the park and hopefully get a result."
Findlay also confirmed that captain Ryan Conroy is likely to miss out as he recovers from the injury which saw him withdrawn from last week's match. Defensive trio David Brownlie, Jordan McGregor and Sean McIntosh are all back in training after injury and illness, and should all be available for selection.
Sunday's referee is Don Robertson, who was in charge of Airdrie's narrow defeat to Partick Thistle in the Betfred Cup back in July.
Fans are reminded that kick off on Sunday is at 4:10pm as the match is being covered live on BBC Alba.