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Scottish Premiership play-offs: Raith Rovers v Partick Thistle



A key factor in Rovers’ promotion bid this season has been the return to form of Lewis Vaughan, who was just a toddler last time Raith were in the top flight. After a horrific run of injuries, the 28-year-old has already bagged 19 goals this season – including a crucial one at Firhill on Tuesday.

And Murray believes a return to the top flight would be the perfect cap on the forward’s fairytale season.

“Sometimes it’s written in the stars. That is what football does, it makes stories, good ones most of the time as well.’

“Lewis has bounced back incredibly well from a terrible time with his injuries but we are past that now with Lewis. We don’t think about it when he is training, we don’t think about when he is playing… he has shown tremendous mental strength to get back to where he is, but he also shown tremendous physical strength to go out and play the way he plays,

“His quality is never in doubt – we saw that in the first leg with his finish, he has done that throughout the season , and I still think there is more to come from him.’

For Vaughan himself, he’s relishing the chance to take another step towards the top flight in front of a packed Starks Park.

‘It has been a great season for myself personally,” he said. “Scoring 19 goals and keeping myself fit was probably the key

“I’ve played the majority of games this year and back enjoying football again, and it is a massive game on Friday and one that I am really looking forward to.”

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