Celtic legend Scott Brown is a shock contender to replace John McGlynn as Raith Rovers boss.
Brown, 36, is currently out of work following nine months as player/coach at Aberdeen.
However, the former Scotland, Hibernian and Rangers star has been working with Dunfermline on a voluntary basis in recent weeks.
It is understood Brown, who hails from Fife, is keen to embark upon his managerial career and would be open to discussions regarding the vacancy in Kirkcaldy.
And, should Brown land the Stark’s Park job, Courier Sport can reveal that he would seek to appoint former Hibs teammate Steven Whittaker as his assistant manager.
Whittaker is currently on John Hughes’ coaching staff at the Pars.
Brown was among the final candidates for the St Mirren job recently, with Steven Naismith also considered. However, the Buddies eventually opted for Stephen Robinson.
He has also been linked with the managerial role at English League One side Fleetwood.
After emerging through the ranks at Hibs, Brown joined Celtic in 2007. He went on to win 22 major honours during a storied spell with the Hoops.
The combative midfielder also won 55 caps for Scotland, captaining his country in the process.
Brown studied for his relevant UEFA coaching badges during the latter stage of his playing career.
Laurie Ellis remains exceptionally highly-regarded, having served the club with distinction as a player then as a coach under Ray McKinnon.
Ellis was most recently boss of Queen’s Park, leaving that role last December.