Falkirk’s John Baird returns to haunt former club

John Baird

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The past returned to haunt John Baird, just an hour after he’d returned to Starks Park haunt his former club Raith Rovers.

Baird struck a first-half penalty infront of the home support to hand Falkirk the lead, but at the same end in the 94th minute Ross Callachan struck a late, late equaliser in the 2-2 draw.

“Goals at the end of games are going to prove vital in this race for the play-offs,” Baird said. “I’ve scored goals into that end at the end of games too, there’s something about it. Credit to Raith they just kept going.”

Baird has been a thorn in the Kirkcaldy club’s side after leaving - but he departed having scored the winner in the Ramsdens Cup final win over Rangers.

“I wouldn’t say I like scoring against Raith Rovers or my former clubs - I like scoring goals full stop.

“I’ve played them three times since I left and scored three times. My photos will be coming off the wall shortly!

“There’s a bit to go in the league. Three points at Raith would have been massive but take the positives - we did well and made chances and coped well on a pitch that wasn’t great. We were worth three points. We hit the post and faced David McGurn and he is a top goalkeeper - I know that from working with him.

“We were creating chances and it wasn’t so much we missed them it was him keeping them out - that doesn’t surprise me though, he’s top class.

“We are still unbeaten but it’s wins that you’re looking for.”