Raith manager Ray McKinnon admits defeat in trying to sign St Johnstone striker John Sutton

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Raith Rovers manager Ray McKinnon has revealed that he has failed in a bid to sign St Johnstone striker John Sutton.

McKinnon is desperate to add attacking reinforcements to his squad, with the Championship promotion hopefuls having failed to score in their last four matches.

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Sutton has scored one goal in 18 appearances for Saints this season

Sutton has found game time hard to come by at McDiarmid Park but with league rules preventing the experienced former Hearts and Motherwell marksman from making a loan switch, McKinnon admits Raith do not have the resources to sign the 32-year-old.

McKinnon, whose side are now fourth on goal difference ahead of Queen of the South, said: “John Sutton was a target but we just can’t afford him, he’s got 18 months left on his deal.

“We did try, that’s the sort of type we’re looking for.

“We need to make sure we get someone that can step right into the team and produce, and that’s really difficult to get at our level.

“It’s all right for teams like Hibs, who can and bring in Anthony Stokes, but we can’t afford that.

“We’ve not got a lot to work with, we could go for a loan but they’re only young boys.

“I would hate to bring someone in here and put the weight of the world on him to score a goal for us. We probably just have to plod on.”

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