League One and League Two clubs target McKeown

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HITC Sport understands a host of English sides are tracking Northern Ireland defender Rory McKeown.

 

Raith Rovers' Rory McKeownRaith Rovers' Rory McKeown

A number of League One and League Two clubs are chasing Raith Rovers defender Rory McKeown, HITC Sport understands from sources close to the club.

McKeown is out of contract at Raith Rovers this summer and he has been offered a new deal by the Scottish Championship club.

However, talented left-back McKeown is keeping his options open and is hoping to win a move to England this summer.

Rangers' Richard Foster (R) in action with Raith Rovers' Rory McKeownRangers' Richard Foster (R) in action with Raith Rovers' Rory McKeown

McKeown started his career at Ipswich Town, but never made the breakthrough into the first-team and he left to join Kilmarnock in 2011.

The 23-year-old enjoyed three seasons at Kilmarnock playing in the Scottish Premiership, making 49 appearances during his time at Rugby Park.

McKeown, who is a modern-day full-back in that he likes to get forward from the back, joined Raith Rovers in the summer of 2014 and he has played every game in the Scottish championship for the last two seasons with Raith helping them reach the play-offs last season only to lose to Hibernian.

England's Thomas Ince (L) in action with Northern Ireland's Rory McKeownEngland's Thomas Ince (L) in action with Northern Ireland's Rory McKeown

McKeown has been capped at international level right up to the senior team and was called up for the two World Cup games against Portugal four years ago.

Several of McKeown's suitors are now ready to make a move for the athletic left-back as they look to bolster their defensive options this summer.

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