Veteran Raith Rovers defender Christophe Berra has backed ‘maverick’ winger Dario Zanatta to bounce back after his red card in the midweek League Cup defeat by Celtic as he praised the Canadian’s performances for John McGlynn’s side this season.

Zanatta picked up two silly bookings at Celtic Park to receive his marching orders as the Fifers went down 3-0 against an uninspiring Celtic side struggling to really find their groove under new manager Ange Postecoglou.

Celtic FC v Raith Rovers - Premier Sports Cup: Quarter-Final

Dario Zanatta vies with Tom Rogic during the Premier Sports Cup Quarter-Final match between Celtic and Raith Rovers (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

The under-20 international has scored five times and an assist from twelve appearances to help Rovers to fifth in the Championship and Berra doesn’t think his red card in Glasgow will have any effect on his performances.

Zanatta has been “great” for Raith according to Berra

“Dario will look back and be disappointed, it was two slack yellow cards,” Berra said.

“But that doesn’t change the fact Dario has been great for us. He has scored five goals and has been a real maverick for us.

“It’s part and parcel of football — he’s got a long career ahead of him and there will be those ups and downs.

 

“You’ve got to be thick-skinned and just get on with it.

“It’s another challenge for Dario to dust himself down and bounce back, and I’m sure he’ll do that.”

Raith take on Partick Thistle tomorrow in the Championship with both sides looking to make a push for the playoff places this season, there’s plenty at stake as only two points currently separate them.

Zanatta will almost certainly have a key role for McGlynn’s side against the Jags and it will be interesting to see whether his Parkhead dismissal has any lingering effects tomorrow at Stark’s Park.

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