Raith land key signing target

Raith manager Ray McKinnon puts the squad through their paces at pre-season training this week. Pic: FPA
Raith manager Ray McKinnon puts the squad through their paces at pre-season training this week. Pic: FPA

Raith Rovers manager Ray McKinnon will continue his summer signing spree this week with the acquisition of another young player.

The Raith boss is expecting a key signing target to put pen to paper on Friday, which will signal the end of the club’s transfer activity, for now at least.

“It’s someone we’ve been tracking for at least a month so we’re really delighted,” McKinnon said.

“He’ll sign a contract on Friday morning, and join us for training on Friday afternoon.

“He’ll be a good addition. He’s in the same mould as the ones we’ve been signing - young, fit, hungry, talented - and has got his whole career in front of him.

“He’s exactly the right type we’ve been looking at.

“It means that we’ve covered every position we wanted to so we’re in a good position.

“After Friday we’ll probably sit on this for a good month and develop the squad, and if anything comes up that’s right for the team, we’ll try to pick it up.

“We’ve got tiny bit of the budget left after this, so it might have to be a loan player, but we’ll address that when we get into pre-season.

“If there’s any areas of the park we feel we need to cover and strengthen, or if we pick up an injury or two, that’s what that money will be for.”

McKinnon’s most recent acquisiton is Dundee striker Craig Wighton, who joins on a six month loan.

Wighton is regarded as one of Scottish football’s hottest young propsects, but aged just 17, McKinnon is keen to play down expectations.

“He is technically a good young player but there’s no expectations on Craig,” he said.

“He’s only 17 and if he was the next great big hope he’d be playing in Dundee’s first team right now.

“He’s a good young talent that will fit into the squad well and he scored some great goals at training today.

“But again, he’s only 17 so we’ll just bed him in.

“If he’s ready to come in and play then he will, but if he’s not then he’ll just have to bide his time because there’s other good players at the club.

“We’re not expecting miracles from him but we think he’ll be another good addition.”

McKinnon addressed his squad for the first time as pre-season training started on Monday, and he’s pleased with how the first few sessions have gone.

“It’s going well,” he said. “The boys have come back and they’re looking good.

“I’m impressed with them, and the new boys have fitted in well.

“We’ve working hard on fitness but lots of ball work as well.

“We’re gently building their fitness up so they’re peaking come next month.

“They all seem like a good bunch, keen to work, receptive and good professionals up to now - so long may that continue.”