Dunfermline raid Fife rivals Raith Rovers for key duo – and prepare to add a familiar face to the coaching staff

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DUNFERMLINE have raided Fife rivals Raith Rovers to snap up star striker Kevin Nisbet and defender Euan Murray.

The Pars are also set to appoint Rovers legend Jason Dair as their new first-team coach.

Nisbet, 22, has signed a two-year contract with the East End Park outfit.

Nisbet seals switch to Dunfermline (Pic: Twitter, @officialdafc)

The prolific frontman notched 34 goals in all competitions last season but a clause in Nisbet’s deal meant that he was able to leave Rovers due to their failure to secure promotion from League 1.

However, Raith are due a compensation fee for the player, which will be decided by a tribunal.

Boss Stevie Crawford beamed: “We are lucky to be the club that benefits from the termination of Kevin’s contract at Raith Rovers.

“He has scored a number of goals at a league below and that is an issue we needed to address. He is at an age where he is hungry, keen and has his best years ahead of him.

“The coaching staff here are looking forward to working with him and I know Ross [McArthur, Dunfermline chairman] has worked hard to make it happen. It is an exciting one and a boost the club needs.”

Stevie Crawford has also swooped to sign Murray, 25, on a two-year deal, with Dunfermline shelling out a five-figure sum.

Murray, who was linked with Premiership outfit Livingston, made 92 appearances for the Stark’s Park outfit in two years at the club and captained John McGlynn’s side while Kyle Benedictus was injured during a portion of last season.

The duo’s arrival will go some way to assuaging the pain of losing left-back Jackson Longridge to Bradford City.

Longridge agreed a contract until 2021 with the Bantams on Thursday morning and it is understood the fee Dunfermline banked from the transfer was a major factor in funding the captures of Nisbet and Murray.

JASON DAIR SET TO JOIN DUNFERMLINE COACHING STAFF

Meanwhile, Dunfermline are also expected to add Dair to their backroom staff in the coming days.

The 44-year-old has left his role as Dundonald Bluebell boss and is understood to be in advanced talks with Crawford with a view to joining the Pars’ coaching team.

The pair were teammates at Raith, Millwall and Dunfermline during their playing days and Crawford sees Dair as the perfect addition following the departure of Callum Davidson at the start of this month.

Dair, a hero of Raith’s 1994 League Cup final triumph over Celtic, has also enjoyed stints as manager of junior outfit Oakley United and assistant at Cowdenbeath, with a brief stint as caretaker boss.

Dair made more that 100 appearances in four years for Dunfermline after crossing the Fife divide from Rovers in 1999, and also had spells with East Fife, Livingston and Motherwell.

 
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