Raith boss Gary Locke hails new assistant Darren Jackson

Jackson is ther new assistant at Raith Rovers. Picture: Ian Rutherford

Jackson is ther new assistant at Raith Rovers. Picture: Ian Rutherford

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Raith Rovers boss Gary Locke has lavished praise on Darren Jackson after appointing the former Dundee United first-team coach as his assistant manager at Stark’s Park.

Jackson, 49, has been out of the game since September 2015, when he was dismissed by United along with boss Jackie McNamara and Simon Donnelly as the club toiled at the foot of the Premiership.

But Locke expects the 
ex-Scotland international to have a massive impact in Fife after helping develop a swathe of talented attackers at Tannadice.

The likes of Nadir Ciftci, Gary Mackay-Steven and Stuart Armstrong were sold on – all to Celtic – for a massive profit during Jackson’s time in Tayside, while young attackers such as Ryan Gauld and Ryan Dow were given an opportunity.

Locke said: “I’m looking forward to working with Darren. I know exactly what Darren brings to the table. You look at the number of players he has developed, particularly the strikers, and it’s clearly a great track record.”

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