Raith boss beats transfer deadline for loan signing

Barrie McKay in action for Morton last season
Barrie McKay in action for Morton last season

Raith Rovers manager Grant Murray made a late night dash to Glasgow on Monday to secure the loan signing of Barrie McKay before the transfer window slammed shut.

Murray made his way to Ibrox after watching Rovers reserves draw 1-1 in a Development League match against East Stirling to secure the deal for the Rangers winger ahead of the 11.00 p.m deadline.

Loan signings can still be made after the transfer window closes for a maximum of 90 days, but after completing the paperwork on time, Raith have secured McKay until January.

The 19-year-old will not be eligible to feature in Rovers next match - the live televised game against Rangers at Stark’s Park next Friday - as the terms of his loan prevent him from playing against his parent club.

McKay has made 34 first team appearances for Rangers and spent the second half of last season on loan at Morton. He has also made international caps at under 18, under 19 and under 21 level.

Home tickets for the upcoming Rangers game are on sale tonight (Thursday) from the main office at Stark’s Park between 4.30 and 7.30 p.m. Rangers have already sold out their allocation.

Meanwhile, Eric Drysdale, Raith’s chief executive, confirmed that no plans are currently in place to replace assistant manager Paul Smith, who resigned following Saturday’s win over Cowdenbeath.

Mr Drysdale stated: “The Board will discuss it at the next meeting, and listen to Grant Murray’s views, then take it from there.”