BY ALAN TEMPLE – Capital City Press
David Kirkwood has stunned Brora Rangers by quitting the Highland League champions less than two weeks before the start of the season.
The former Rangers and Hearts midfielder, who has lead the wealthy Sutherland outfit to two consecutive titles, has resigned to focus on business commitments after buying into a local taxi firm.
Kirkwood, 47, has been in charge of the Dudgeon Park outfit since 2012 when he joined the club from fierce local rivals Wick Academy.
He was on the cusp of becoming the first manager to ever win promotion into the SPFL last season, only to see Brora lose out on aggregate against League Two side Montrose.
Kirkwood’s exit comes just weeks after he snapped up former Ross County skipper Richard Brittain in a bid to further strengthen their stranglehold on football in the Highlands.
Former Inverness Caledonian Thistle defender Stuart Golabek is expected to take charge of Brora on a caretaker basis as the club begin their search for a new boss.
They face Wick in the North Cup next Wednesday before an intriguing Petrofac Training Cup tie against Alloa Athletic three days later.