Raith Rovers boss Gary Locke thrilled to sign ex-Rangers midfielder Robbie Crawford on short-term deal

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GARY Locke is thrilled to have handed former Rangers midfielder Robbie Crawford the chance to kick-start his career at Raith Rovers.

The Stark’s Park outfit have snapped up the out-of-contract 23-year-old on a short-term deal until January after he was freed by Rangers in August.

In a further piece of good news for Raith, midfielder Ross Callachan has penned a one-year contract extension to tie him to the Kirkcaldy club until 2018.

Gary Locke

Crawford, who made 53 appearances for the first-team at Ibrox after joining the club aged eight, was on the bench for Saturday’s goalless Fife derby against Dunfermline and is expected to strengthen Rovers’ attacking options as they continue to push for promotion.

Locke said: “Robbie came in and trained with us. He had a couple of opportunities down south but he’s really impressed us with his attitude.

“He’s a really good player, technically, as well.

“It’s great he’s decided to come in. He’s only signed a short-term deal but he’ll give us cover right across the midfield area and he can play off the striker as well.”

Locke added on Raith TV: “He’s a lad I’ve known a lot about, he’s trained with us now for the last two or three weeks and we’re delighted to add him to the squad.”

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