Happy Monday for Raith boss McKinnon

Raith Rovers new home kit was launched last week with front of shirt sponsor Val McDermid (left) and back of shirt sponsor George Wishart from Carr's Flour Mills (right) joining Raith manager Ray McKinnon for a photoshoot -  Credit -  Fife Photo Agency -

Raith Rovers new home kit was launched last week with front of shirt sponsor Val McDermid (left) and back of shirt sponsor George Wishart from Carr's Flour Mills (right) joining Raith manager Ray McKinnon for a photoshoot - Credit - Fife Photo Agency -

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Ray McKinnon’s Raith Rovers revolution will move to the next phase on Monday with the first day of pre-season training in Glenrothes.

With several new signings on board, and more to follow, the new manager is certainly making his mark on the club.

And with a fresh new training programme planned, McKinnon is looking forward to beginning work with his new squad at the Michael Woods complex.

“I can’t wait to get started, meet all the players and get down to business,” McKinnon told the Press. “We start on Monday, then in just under two weeks we’re straight into our first friendly game.

“The league fixtures come out on Friday as well, so we’re looking forward to finding out our schedule.”

McKinnon revealed that he will be running the rule over trialists during the pre-season programme.

“There’s a couple of lads coming in that we’re eager to have a wee look at,” he said.

“We’ve got a decent sized squad with a good crop of young guys and everybody will get their chance to impress in pre-season.”

One player who looks like missing out on the first few weeks of pre-season training is defender Craig Barr, who has a groin problem.

“Craig’s got his own programme to follow,” McKinnon explained.

“He’ll miss the first two to four weeks which is not ideal but we have got good cover in that area.

“We’re hoping he’ll be fully fit as soon as possible.”

McKinnon is continuing in his attempts to add to the squad and is due to meet a player tomorrow (Friday).

“He’s a good player and one we’ve worked hard on so hopefully we can get him,” McKinnon said.

“We’re still looking to strengthen in midfield and up front.

“We want players that can create, play, score and work hard - as close as we can get to the perfect player.

“We’ve done our homework so we bring in the right type of players that fit in properly with the squad.”

McKinnon also revealed that he has reached agreement with Dundee over a loan deal for striker Craig Wighton.

“The deal’s done, it’s just a case of finalising when he’s coming in,” he said.

“I’m sure it will be completed very shortly.”