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Goodwillie released by club eight months after controversial signing

The former Scotland striker has not played a single game for the Kirkcaldy since the controversial move from Clyde in January.

David Goodwillie released by Raith Rovers eight months after controversial signing SNS Group

David Goodwillie has been released by Raith Rovers after eight months at the club.

The former Scotland striker has not played a single game for the Kirkcaldy side since the controversial move from Clyde in January.

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon was among those who criticised the signing of the 33-year-old who was judged a rapist in a civil case five years ago.

The forward, and co-accused David Robertson, were ordered to pay compensation to the woman following the case which was the first of its kind in Scotland.

Sponsors including crime writer and long time supporter Val McDermid walked away from the club in protest against the move.

Following the backlash Raith Rovers, who signed Goodwillie on a two-and-a-half year deal, backed down and made a vow to fans that he would not play for the Championship side.

On Friday they confirmed that he had been released from his contract.

A statement from the club released said: “The club can confirm that David Goodwillie has been released from his contract with immediate effect. The club will make no further comment.”

Goodwillie, who has also played for Dundee United and Blackburn Rovers, scored over 100 goals in five seasons at Clyde before signing for Raith.