Raith sign young forward in time to face Dumbarton

Raith Rovers have signed Aidan Connolly following his release from Dundee United.

Raith Rovers have signed Aidan Connolly following his release from Dundee United.

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Raith Rovers have signed hot prospect Aidan Connolly until the end of the season following his departure from Dundee United.

The 20-year-old forward, who can play off the front or out wide, had been training with Raith after leaving Tannadice this week, and he will go straight into the squad to face Dumbarton at Stark’s Park tomorrow.

Connolly made his breakthrough at Queen’s Park in 2012, scoring on his debut while still at school, and his eye-catching performances earned him a move to United, along with team mate Andrew Robertson, in June 2013.

The 5ft 4in playmaker made 35 appearances in two and a half seasons at Tannadice, which included 11 starts and two goals, while he also spent a brief spell on loan at Brechin City, under current Raith boss Ray McKinnon.

The Rovers manager described Connolly as “creative and very technical with a great left foot” and he will hope the youngster can provide the missing spark in the final third after 270 minutes without a goal.