Callum Booth gets green light to face Hibs

Callum Booth, second left, played against former team-mate Garry O'Connor, recently
Callum Booth, second left, played against former team-mate Garry O'Connor, recently
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Callum Booth will line up for Raith Rovers against Hibs in Saturday’s Scottish Cup clash despite only being on loan to the Stark’s Park club, the Evening News can reveal today.

The 22-year-old was farmed out to the Kirkcaldy club by former manager Pat Fenlon on a season-long loan in the summer, having spent the previous campaign at Livingston on a similar arrangement.

A member of the Hibs youth side which won the league and cup double in 2009, Booth was a first-team regular at left-back under Colin Calderwood. He is now a key figure in Rovers’ bid to force their way into the Championship play-off places, having played 26 games for Grant Murray’s team so far.

Booth has already played in the Scottish Cup for Raith this season, but a question mark remained over whether he was eligible to face Hibs. However, the rule forbidding players in such a situation from playing against their parent club only applies to Scottish Premiership matches and not the Cup.

Hibs defender Paul Hanlon, meanwhile, returned to training yesterday after a thigh strain.