GREG SHIELDS and Steven Whittaker will remain with Dunfermline as part of new manager Peter Grant's backroom team.

This afternoon, the club have revealed details of changes to its staff, which include the recruitment of a new physio and sports scientist.

Grant, who was unveiled as Stevie Crawford's successor last Friday, had spoken of his desire to keep Shields at the club.

The 44-year-old, who enjoyed two spells as a Pars player, returned to work alongside Crawford when he was appointed as head coach in January 2019.

While Jason Dair has left East End alongside Crawford, Shields will work alongside Grant, as will Whittaker.

The former Hibernian and Rangers player, 36, signed a one-year contract last summer as a player/coach, but will now remain in a coaching capacity, having announced his retirement from playing.

Grant commented: "I am absolutely delighted that Greg and Steven agreed to work with me to take this club forward.

"It was always my intention to speak to the both of them, as they are both good people as well as being the right type of coaches and characters. I really think there will be good synergy with our own views on how we would like to play, and I also feel there will be a right good dynamic between the three of us.

"In addition, they are both keen to do well and develop as coaches as well and provide me with good continuity coming into the job."

Further changes have been announced in the shape of sports scientist and strength and conditioning coach, Paul Green who was most recently with Hibernian, coming in to replace Gary McColl, who left the club after six years last month.

There has also been a change in physio, with Jamie Sutton departing to be replaced by Rob Dickie, formerly of Rangers.

Chairman Ross McArthur added: "A lot of work has been undertaken recently with all of the changes we have had to make, but we certainly have a reinvigorated back room staff, all with a great desire to move our club forward and make positive change."