KELTY HEARTS and Inverkeithing Hillfield Swifts have both strengthened their squads ahead of the new season next month.

Barry Ferguson’s Kelty, who had already snapped up six players to bolster their options ahead of their Lowland League defence, recently announced a double signing.

Experienced centre back Dougie Hill, 35, arrives at New Central Park from Brechin City alongside midfielder Robbie McNab, 24, from league rivals BSC Glasgow.

Hill, who began his senior career with Alloa Athletic, spent three years with Cowdenbeath before returning to the Wasps in 2008, from where he departed once more after a season to join Raith Rovers.

He went on to play more than 100 times for the Kirkcaldy club in a six-year spell, including in the 2014 Challenge Cup final win over Rangers in which he was named Man of the Match, before leaving in 2015.

A third stint at Alloa followed before two spells at Brechin City, either side of a solitary season at Dumbarton in the 2017-18 campaign, prior to joining Kelty.

McNab, who can also play in defence, began his career with hometown club Falkirk and has also had spells with Stirling Albion, Linlithgow Rose and East Stirlingshire.

Meanwhile, Swifts manager Grant Brough was thrilled to acquire the services of ex-Cowdenbeath forward Josh Morris, 29, who returns to the club where he started as a youngster.

The experienced hitman, who can also count the likes of Kelty, Berwick Rangers and Vale of Leithen among his former clubs, joined from Civil Service Strollers.

Three years ago, his prolific form for Hawick Royal Albert, where he hit a record 34 goals in 38 games during the 2016/17 season, attracted the attention of then Blue Brazil boss Gary Loc but he left for Lowland League Whitehill Welfare midway through the campaign.

Brough commented: “It’s something I’ve been working on for a long, long time, so it was good to finally get it over the line.

“Josh’s pedigree is brilliant. He’s scored goals, season after season, in the Lowland League, he’s had a couple of stints senior with Cowdenbeath and Berwick, so he’s coming in with a good pedigree, which is just what we need. It’s a young team so you need that quality and experience round about to help them.”