No cash for deadline day signing at Raith

Raith manager Ray McKinnon was left frustrated on transfer deadline day.  Credit -  Fife Photo Agency -
Raith manager Ray McKinnon was left frustrated on transfer deadline day. Credit - Fife Photo Agency -

Raith Rovers manager Ray McKinnon admitted that he has no money left to spend after the transfer window slammed shut without any further new arrivals at Stark’s Park.

The window closed at midnight on Tuesday and although the Raith boss had signing targets in mind, he was unable to make a move as his budget has already been spent.

McKinnon revealed he was keen on Hearts forward Gary Oliver, but could only stand by and watch as the Scotland Under 19 striker moved to Championship rivals Queen of the South for an undisclosed fee.

“There was nothing left in the budget,” McKinnon told the Press. “We would have loved to have gone into the market but we couldn’t do it.

“We would have had to move people on to free up money but everybody at the club is needed for cover so there was no room to manoeuvre.

“We’d been interested in Oliver, we knew he was coming up and I’d been speaking to Craig Levein about him, but we couldn’t match Queen of the South.

“That’s the reality of where we are. That’s no slight on Raith Rovers, we just don’t have the finances.”

Raith have three long-term injuries to Craig Barr, Ross Callachan and Lewis Vaughan, and McKinnon admits his squad will just have to cope.

“We just have to put up with it,” he said. “Add those three and it’s a decent squad, leaving us maybe just one player short at wide left.

“If we had everyone fit we maybe could have put someone out on loan to free up some money for that.

“But we just don’t have the finances of other clubs in the league so we have to make do with what we’ve got right now.

“Hopefully everyone can see that we’ve put together a decent squad for the resources we have.”

Raith will welcome back captain Jason Thomson from suspension for the daunting trip to Ibrox on Saturday to face a Rangers side that has won all eight games so far, scoring 24 goals.

“They’ve been flying, and so they should be with the budget they have and the players at their disposal,” McKinnon said.

“They are on a completely different level to us when they are able to tap into clubs like Tottenham and Arsenal and bring up some of the best kids from England.

“There’s a massive gulf in resources but you can only put 11 players on the park at one time, and I’m confident our best 11 players can give them a game.

“If I didn’t think we could take something from Ibrox I wouldn’t go. We’ll try to come up with a formation that causes them problems and hopefully win the game.”

Meanwhile, Rovers are turning their home match against Queen of the South next Saturday into a Family Day.

The Roary Club is taking over the McDermid Stand for pre-match fun and games with face painters, clown, target practice, table games, prizes and giveaways, meet the players etc.

Pricing is reduced in the McDermid Stand only to £15 for adults, £9 concessions while kids aged under 16 go FREE when accompanied by a paying adult.

Regular pricing remains in place elsewhere in the stadium.