Raith ready to put faith in McKinnon

Ray McKinnon will be unveiled at Stark's Park on Monday
Ray McKinnon will be unveiled at Stark's Park on Monday

Raith Rovers have identified the man they want to take the club forward next season.

Following a board meeting early this week, the directors have now reached a decision over who they want as the club’s next manager.

The Press can reveal that Rovers have offered the job to Brechin City boss Ray McKinnon, and are now simply waiting for their number one target to agree terms.

McKinnon has also been interviewed for the St Mirren job, and there is a distinct possibility that both clubs could now be in competition for the same boss.

Raith remain hopeful that an announcement can be made within the next few days, although a club insider said: “The timing is presently out of our hands.”

McKinnon has been in charge of Brechin since October 2012 and guided the Glebe Park side to fourth place in League One, losing out in the promotion play-off to Alloa.

McKinnon’s playing career involved spells at Dundee United and Aberdeen while he also enjoyed a short spell at Stark’s Park in 2003.

Speaking on Tuesday, tight-lipped club chairman Alan Young said: “It’s a work in progress.

“If an appointment is not imminent then it won’t be for the lack of trying.”

Rovers are also close to finalising two home preseason friendly fixtures against Hearts and Celtic.

Christian Nade, meanwhile, has gone on trial with Premiership outfit Hamilton Accies.