The Australian frontman was long rumoured to be a target for the club, with some even claiming he had been training with the club.
And the boss has revealed there was substance to the stories, but ‘Skippy’ won’t be featuring in the navy blue because of his other commitments off the pitch.
“Scott McDonald was very close,” he said today. “We need to make sure that anyone we do bring in has got to be better than what we have, so it’s a delicate one just now but Scott McDonald would definitely help us. Scott scored 18 goals last season that’s what we’re looking for, quality players.
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“And fair play to him, I had a great conversation with him, he was in and had a look around and he was excited, there was a possible coaching role alongside it too.
“It was really close but that’s the calibre we’re looking at.
“We thought we had it in the bag but he just had a think and with his family-life and other media commitments – he was doing three media engagements that week and that’s when he realised.
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McKinnon has brought in two players as Bairns boss, signing Zak Rudden on transfer deadline day and Prince Buaben earlier this month.