Raith hope Sutton is chip off old block

Striker keen to make impression in First Division.

RAITH Rovers will be hoping striking ability runs in the family after completing the signing of John Sutton, brother of Celtic star Chris, this week.

The 19-year-old has been training with the Stark's Park club during pre-season and after showing up well in the special trial match at Hamilton on Sunday, he put pen to paper on a one-year deal.

The Norwich born forward began his career as a youth player with Tottenham at 14 but after two-and-a-half years at White Hart Lane, he went on loan to Carlisle and then had a short spell at Swindon before finishing last season with Leicester City.

Tall and powerfully built like his older brother, Sutton jumped at the chance of a move north and revealed Raith were not a completely unknown name to him.

"I remember seeing Raith playing in the UEFA Cup a few years ago after they had won a trophy and I knew that Didier Agathe had played for them as well," he said.

"There are a lot of players down south out of a job so you have to assess all your options and when I was offered the chance to come up for training, all the reports I got were that Raith were a good club with a very good manager.

"I've been here since the start of pre-season and I get on well with all the lads. The training is excellent as well, though it was a bit unusual to come to a club where the manager and his assistant are the best players out there!"

Sutton has set his sights no further ahead than earning a place in the first team and trying to score goals in the First Division.

"I've been told this is a good league and I know it won't be easy but my main aim at the moment is simply to show the right attitude and get in the team," he said.

"Although I normally play up front through the middle, I think I'm pretty versatile and the way the manager wants us to play by getting the ball down and passing will suit me."

Sutton admits comparisons with his famous sibling are inevitable but wants to make a name for himself in Scotland.

"I actually speak to Chris a fair bit about my football and he has been a great help and told me that the First Division is a good standard," he said.

"It is an opportunity for me if I work hard and I hope I can be half as successful as he has been.

"I was lucky enough to be over in Seville for the UEFA Cup final and it was one of the most memorable experiences of my life, it's hard to describe what it was like out there but I won't forget it in a hurry.

"I suppose the best scenario would be if Raith drew Celtic in one of the cups - as long as we beat them of course!"