VIDEO: McKinnon excited by Raith challenge

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Ray McKinnon said he was “delighted” to be the new Raith Rovers manager at his official unveiling at Stark’s Park today (Monday).

McKinnon (44), has signed a two-year contract with the Kirkcaldy club, bringing to an end a three-year spell in charge of League One side Brechin City.

New Raith manager Ray McKinnon at Stark's Park. Pic: FPA

New Raith manager Ray McKinnon at Stark's Park. Pic: FPA

McKinnon, who was also interviewed for the St Mirren vacancy last week, revealed that club stalwart Laurie Ellis will continue as first team coach, but that the rest of his backroom staff has not yet been finalised.

He also stated that his first priority is to speak to the club’s out of contract players, with talks due to start this afternoon.

“I’m excited and looking forward to the challenge ahead,” he said.

“I’d committed to the St Mirren interview prior to agreeing terms with Raith so I followed through with it.

“It was basically a distraction that I’d committed to.

“I’m now the Raith Rovers manager, and I’m delighted to be here.”

McKinnon revealed that his ambition to test his managerial credentials in a higher league was the driving force behind his decision to leave Brechin.

“It will be a test and a challenge and that’s what I’m here for,” he said. “It was a no-brainer.”

McKinnon spoke in detail about his plans for the club, pick up a copy of this week’s Fife Free Press for the full interview.