ATHLETIC have completed the signing of Clyde defender Tom Lang on a two-year contract.

The 22-year-old, who started his career as a youth player at Birmingham City, formalised the move yesterday evening (Wednesday) after the Press had gone to print.

Head coach Stevie Crawford had been strongly linked with the ex-Rangers man, who was also believed to have interested Greenock Morton, but has now put pen to paper at East End on a deal that has a one-year extension option.

Warwickshire-born Lang moved to Rangers in July 2015 but, after a year at Ibrox, went on to sign for Dumbarton and Stranraer before joining the Bully Wee.

The 10-times capped Scotland under-17 international played 24 times for Danny Lennon's team last season as they won promotion to League One after a play-off victory over Annan Athletic.

A compensation package between the clubs has been agreed.

Crawford had told Press Sport prior to our deadline that he is still "actively" looking to add to his squad before competitive football returns next month.

A busy last seven days at East End saw the club agree deals for Raith Rovers pair Euan Murray and Kevin Nisbet, and Dundee United’s former Falkirk midfielder Paul Paton, to take their number of summer recruits to eight.

In addition, Crawford has also bolstered his backroom staff with the appointments of Dundonald Bluebell boss, and ex-Par, Jason Dair as first-team coach, and Ross County physio Kevin Bain.

The Dunfermline squad returned for pre-season training last week as they begin building up to their first Betfred Cup group match at St Mirren on July 14, and Crawford hopes to have more new players in place ahead of that game.

In speaking to Press Sport, Crawford remained tight-lipped on the identities of any potential targets, commenting: “We’re actively still looking to strengthen the squad, which is great, but we’ve got the responsibility of making sure the boys are preparing right for the St Mirren game.

“We are trying to bring in the right quality – that’s the important thing. I don’t want to say we’re going to limit ourselves to a certain number but what I will say is we’re looking to add in areas we feel we need to add.

“It can be tough but, day by day, we’re working away at things and hopefully we’ll add between now and the St Mirren game.”

Crawford, meanwhile, was thrilled to add long-time team-mate Dair – who spent four years with the Pars as a player – to his coaching staff, and said: “First of all, he was excited at the prospect of coming in.

“With the way we’re going, with a young squad, he’s experienced a lot of the things the boys will be going through, and he wants to develop players.

“As well as that, I know 100 per cent I can trust him.”

Dair, who said he was “buzzing” to be back at East End, added: “To be perfectly honest, if it wasn’t Dunfermline, and it wasn’t Stevie that was the manager, then it might have been a different decision to go back into full-time football again, but I’ve got a great affinity with the club.”