Raith Rovers run rule over Norwegian who had trials with Rangers and Chelsea

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BY IAIN COLLIN – @CCP_sport

Raith Rovers are weighing up a move to sign former Norway youth cap Mergim Hereqi.

The Stark’s Park outfit have taken the 23-year-old on trial this week as manager Ray McKinnon seeks to beef up his goal-scoring options.

(Pic: Raith TV)
(Pic: Raith TV)

Hereqi, born in Sweden but of Kosovan-Albanian descent, was on the books of Stromsgodset under Celtic boss Ronny Deila and also had a spell with Lillestrom, but spent last season with Drammen in the Norwegian third-tier.

As a teenager, the striker had unsuccessful trials with Rangers and Chelsea, but was highly rated in Norway, where he earned five caps for the nation’s under-17s side.

McKinnon has seen Jon Daly and Craig Wighton move on this month and, after recruiting Aidan Connolly from Dundee United and Louis Longridge on loan from Hamilton Accies, remains on the look-out for an out-and-out marksman.

He said: “We’ve taken Mergim in for training this week and we’re having a look at him.

“He’s someone who had trials with Chelsea and Rangers when he was younger and he also worked with Ronny Deila in Norway.

“He’ll train with us for the rest of the week and we’ll decide what to do at the end of that time.”

Meanwhile, McKinnon has praised summer signing Mitch Megginson after releasing the former Aberdeen striker to allow him to join Alloa Athletic.

The Rovers boss added: “We wish Mitch all the best. He’s a great lad and great to work with.

“He wanted to play regular football to give him the best chance of staying full-time and we appreciate that this move is in his best interests.”

@IainCollin

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