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James Keatings signs for Montrose as ex-Hearts and Hibs striker makes shock loan change from Raith Rovers

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Montrose got James Keatings signing on loan from Raith Rovers.

The former Hearts and Hibs striker’s decision will be seen as a coup for the League One team given his experience at a higher level.

The 29-year-old joins the Gable Endies on a temporary transfer until January, as gaffer Stewart Petrie steps up his attacking options for what he hopes will be a promotional push.

After leaving Celtic in his youth, Keatings also played for St Johnstone, Hamilton Accies, Dundee United and Inverness.

He won promotion to the Championship three times, with clubs Edinburgh and Accies, and the Scottish Cup with the Hibees in 2016.

After scoring 65 goals in 245 games in Scotland’s top two divisions, Mo fans are hoping his offensive instincts can help secure another promotion.

The Angus club are currently in fourth position in what is a very competitive third tier.

The departure of Russell McLean and a long-term injury to Martin Rennie had left them light up front.

Petrie said: “James is an extremely experienced striker and I am delighted that he has agreed to join us.

“We had to be patient in our research to strengthen the team, but I believe it was worth the wait and look forward to working with him.”