The Raith Rovers striker relies on a keen sense of poise on the pitch, his record of five goals in as many matches this season suggesting that it is working rather well.
His diminutive stature, as much as his strike rate, marks him out for robust treatment from opposing defenders, yet his typical response is to direct the ball into the net. It has been thus throughout his career. Last season – as Raith mounted an improbable challenge for the title – Baird was on hand with 13, including a hat trick in the opening league match against Partick Thistle. His side eventually fell away, but the prolific striker’s reputation was enhanced.
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