ATHLETIC have made their fourth summer signing by snapping up highly-rated Dundee United star Chris Mochrie.

The attacking midfielder, 19, has penned a season-long loan deal at East End, and is likely to be in contention to make his debut at FC Edinburgh tomorrow.

Mochrie, who had been linked with other clubs, including Pars' League One rivals Falkirk, becomes James McPake's latest capture after the arrivals of Kyle Benedictus, Chris Hamilton and Max Little.

The teenager, who made his Premiership debut for United last August, and earned a Scotland under-21 call-up in the process, made his top team bow for the Tangerines in May 2019.

Scotland under-19 cap Mochrie has made 16 appearances for the Tannadice club's first team, scoring once, whilst he also spent time on loan at Montrose in the 2020/21 campaign.

Earlier this week, McPake wouldn't be drawn on speculation linking him with Mochrie and Robbie Crawford - who has been training with the Pars - and said that, whilst he was "working extremely hard", admitted he was finding it "extremely difficult" in recruiting new players.

He has, however, got Mochrie over the line, and Pars fans heading to the capital could be given a first glimpse of him in action at Meadowbank Stadium.

Looking ahead to the fixture - FC Edinburgh's first at home as a League One club - McPake noted: "It’ll be a tough place to go to. It’s a new pitch, it’ll be their first league game on their new pitch, so they’ll be looking to put on a show for their fans. It’s going to be a tough game.

“Every game in this league’s going to be tough. We’re under no illusion how hard it’s going to be this season. They went to Kelty and picked up a very impressive win, so it’s going to be another hard game for us.

“We’ve got good players at this football club that can hurt other teams but, likewise, Edinburgh will be coming up with a game plan to try and take a positive result and take three points against us.

“We’ll deal with that. We’ll work on it through the week and then, come Saturday, hopefully we come out on top.”

Dunfermline will be without Chris Hamilton, who serves the second of a two-match ban, whilst McPake said that Graham Dorrans is continuing to work on his fitness.

Meanwhile, supporters have been urged by the club to give themselves plenty of time to gain entry to the match.

Limited tickets are left for the game, which can be accessed via the Fanbase app, and turnstiles are set to open at 1pm.

It is the first match to be played at Meadowbank with an increased capacity, and FC Edinburgh are urging fans to enter the turnstiles as early as they can to ensure entry before kick-off.

Only seated tickets remain - Pars fans should purchase in the left hand side of the stand - and no cash gate will be in operation.