John McGlynn says he is “relishing” the challenge of securing promotion after returning for a second stint as Raith Rovers manager.
McGlynn will be assisted by former Rovers striker Paul Smith and they have immediately targeted a return to the Championship.
McGlynn’s appointment was confirmed at Stark’s Park this morning.
Speaking to www.raithrovers.net he said: “I am relishing the challenge of getting Raith Rovers back to the SPFL Championship, and in particular working with full-time players as we strive to progress the club to the next level.
“I am delighted that Paul Smith has agreed to join me in this exciting phase in the club’s history.”
Raith Rovers chairman Bill Clark said: “When we started the search for a new manager John’s name made its way quickly to the top of our list.
“The board of directors at RRFC look forward to working with John, starting with him taking training with the full squad later today.
“Along with Paul Smith we believe we have appointed a hugely experienced management team that gives us stability as well as the ability to get the most out of resources and players.
“Allied to their successful time with us between 2006 and 2012, they have a huge affinity for the club, staff and supporters and we believe they will be an even better management team this time round given John’s experiences at Hearts, Livingston and Celtic.”
McGlynn, who joins Raith from a scouting role with Celtic, has a contract until the end of next season.
A club spokesman said: “The board of Raith Rovers would like to place on record their thanks to Celtic for their co-operation during discussions about the appointment of John McGlynn.
“Additionally, our thanks go on record to Kevin Cuthbert who agreed without hesitation to look after football matters in the last few weeks. Kevin is in continued discussions with the club and is currently considering his options.”