Falkirk’s John Baird returns to haunt former club

John Baird
John Baird

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.”