Ewan Henderson did his best impersonation of Wayne Rooney for Dunfermline – but the Celtic loanee is hoping for a tap-in during the Pars’ Scottish Premiership play-off quarter-final second leg with Raith Rovers.
The Pars playmaker has made nine appearances since joining on loan from Celtic in the winter loan window. He was a standout in Tuesday’s Fife derby despite a 0-0 draw, a win in the next one on Saturday enough to take Dunfermline one step closer to a return to the Premiership.
Even if his attempted lob from 50 yards out did not go to plan, the Celtic loanee hopes to contribute in quieter fashion against Raith this weekend: “I remember the one from Wayne Rooney (in the MLS). I thought I was going to score but I totally scuffed it. It would be nice to do one of them to get through but it doesn’t matter how you do it.
“You’d take a goal from a yard. You want to play well and hopefully the performance will bring the result. We thought we did very well in the game. The boys created a lot of chances but sometimes you don’t take them. We need to keep the head down and hopefully we’ll get the result we need on Saturday.
“It’ll be tough because Raith are a top team who play lovely football. We felt good going forward the other night and we can take that level into the second leg to try and get a result. Everyone in that changing room loves playing football, we are doing something we love.
“If you can’t motivate yourself doing something you love and being in such a great position, playing football every day of your life like you wanted to do as a kid, then what else can motivate you?”
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