Ray McKinnon enlists ex-Spurs boss Harry Redknapp in search for new Raith Rovers striker

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BY ALISTAIR FELL – @CCP_sport

Raith Rovers manager Ray McKinnon has acquired the services of former West Ham, Southampton and Spurs manager Harry Redknapp in his pursuit of a new striker.

Rovers will lose ex-Rangers and Dundee United marksman Jon Daly in the New Year when he joins Hearts as their under-20s coach.    

The link came about during the appearance of Redknapp and former Manchester United and AC Milan forward Joe Jordan in Kirkcaldy earlier this week at the Raith Rovers hall of fame night, where the two spoke.

(Pic: James Boyes)
(Pic: James Boyes)

 

McKinnon saw the opportunity during his chat with the two popular figures to address his lack of goal scoring options, and Redknapp promised to take Raith’s search to old club Tottenham Hotspur.

“I got a chance to speak to Joe Jordan and Harry Redknapp the other night- and I did ask Harry if he could find us a striker down in England,” he explained.

“He said he would have a word with (Spurs manager) Mauricio Pochettino, so we’ll have to follow that up.

“Harry said he’s a right good lad (Pochettino) and would put in a good word for us.

“You never know, he might come up with a goal-scorer for us.”

It isn’t every day such characters from the top of the English Premier League embrace the life and times of Scottish Championship clubs but Redknapp and Jordan’s appearance went down a storm with those in attendance at the hall of fame on Monday.

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For the punters, it was a rare opportunity to hear tales from the pair’s colourful past – and McKinnon was also delighted to have them along.

“The two of them have always been at big, big clubs, and big clubs with a bit of money,” he added.

“When you’ve got those kinds of resources you can bring in the players you want.

“It’s not quite the same here at Raith; it’s a wee bit different.

“But it was still good to get the chance to speak with guys like that who have been there and done it.”

Joe Baker, David McGurn, Colin Harris, John McStay, Andy Leigh, Frank Connor and the late former chairman Turnbull Hutton were the inductees into Raith’s hall of fame in the fourth year of the event.

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