BY IAIN COLLIN – CAPITAL CITY PRESS
Raith Rovers are poised to pull off a major transfer coup with the loan signing of highly-rated Dundee youngster Craig Wighton.
New Rovers manager Ray McKinnon had the 17-year-old for a brief spell at previous club Brechin City, where he scored twice in four appearances at the turn of the year, and is now expected to be reunited with the striker at Stark’s Park.
Discussions have taken place between the two clubs and an agreement on a season-long loan is understood to be close.
Wighton became the youngest player ever to score for Dundee in a competitive game when he netted against Raith aged just 16 in November 2013.
However, with the likes of Rory Loy and Kane Hemmings having been recruited for next term by Dundee, who will also have Phil Roberts back from his loan at Alloa Athletic, it appears the Dark Blues consider the Scotland under-17 cap in need of more regular game-time than he has so far managed at Dens Park.
The teenager, who has previously been linked with interest from Sunderland, Southampton and Blackburn Rovers, managed just two starts in 17 outings for Paul Hartley’s team in the season just ended but both clubs are hopeful he can flourish with more regular football in Fife.