John McGlynn delighted to make James Keatings a Rover

Raith Rovers manager John McGlynn says he’s delighted to secure the service of James Keatings on a pre-contract agreement.

Friday, 5th March 2021, 10:13 am
Striker James Keatings will join up with Raith in the summer. Pic by Michael Gillen

Keatings (29) has signed a pre-contract agreement for a two year deal with the Rovers, to start next season and running through to June 2023.

The experienced striker has scored 64 goals in 240 games in Scotland’s top two divisions since making his professional debut in February 2012.

Keatings started his career in the Celtic youth academy and has played for St Johnstone, Hamilton Academical, Heart of Midlothian, Hibernian, Dundee United and Inverness Caledonian Thistle.

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He has extensive experience of the SPFL Championship, winning promotion to the Premier League with Hamilton, and playing his part in league winning campaigns with Heart of Midlothian and Hibs.

Rovers manager McGlynn said of his new recruit: “We are delighted to have secured James’ services, and look forward to working with him over the next two seasons.”

A notable stat, of course, is that James has scored 13 goals in 24 games against the Rovers in the past.

McGlynn’s building for the new campaign has been gathering pace this week with Keatings set to join fellow pre-contract signing, Clyde defender Tom Lang, in next season’s squad.

Current squad members Robbie Thomson and Dave McKay have also recently signed new deals to extend their time with the club.

Raith were scheduled to be in action tonight (Friday) but that game has had to be postponed due to a coronavirus outbreak within the Pars squad.

The game had been scheduled for broadcast live on the BBC 1 Scotland channel and no rearranged date has yet been set.

An investigation into the circumstances surrounding the outbreak has now been started and the SPFL will continue to liaise with Dunfermline Athletic in the coming days.

For Raith, attention now turns fully to Tuesday night when McGlynn’s side will host Ayr United at Stark’s Park.

United are likely to go into the game with caretaker boss Davie White at the helm after recently parting company with Mark Kerr.

For full details on how to stream the match, please visit www.raithrovers.net