Tangerines managerial target Ray McKinnon has sparked life back into the career of former Dundee loanee Lewis Toshney.
And the versatile Raith Rovers man reckons his Stark’s Park boss has all the tools to do the same at Dundee United.
McKinnon is believed to be the only man on United’s shortlist to replace recently-binned Finnish flop Mixu Paatelainen.
And, while Toshney is in no mood for his boss to go, he is in no doubt McKinnon would be the perfect fit for the recently-relegated Terrors.
“He is the best manager I have worked with,” said Toshney.
“He has been brilliant for me individually and he’s been brilliant for the team also.
“I can’t thank him enough for what he has done for me.
“It’s no surprise clubs like Dundee United are looking at the manager because he is excellent.
“Man management is his strength. Tactically he is excellent, too.
“Every player in this team knows their own job inside out going into games. All of that is down to how good Ray is on the training pitch.
“Either way he has a job to do here. He has unfinished business at Raith Rovers and I’m sure he’s focused on that.”
It’s the attention to detail that has impressed Toshney so much about McKinnon.
“Every game is different and the manager sets us up with different tactics depending on who we play,” he said. “He always has a plan for the opposition.
“The boys work and work on these formations, systems and roles, which can be different week to week, in training. Not one player leaves the training pitch not knowing what they have to do in the match.
“Every player has their job drilled into them.”
Since he left Dens Park, it’s fair to say Toshney has endured a footballing nightmare.
The Dundonian suffered a serious knee injury that saw him miss the whole final year of his spell at Celtic.
Ross County took a risk on him but games were hard to come by and, within six months of joining, he was again without a club, released on transfer deadline day.
A spell at Cowdenbeath resulted in relegation from the second tier, and without a club and with a massive point to prove after his recent injury woes, Toshney was called by McKinnon.
And that was when it all changed.
He credits 45-year-old McKinnon as the catalyst to his revival.
“He took a big gamble on me after Cowdenbeath,” said Toshney.
“Ray put his faith in me from the start of the season. He wanted me to be a big part of this Raith team and to play plenty of games. I think I have been able to do that.”
Toshney was part of the Rovers side who drew first blood in the Championship play-off battle last night, with a 1-0 win over Hibs.
The defender, who has been operating in midfield in recent times, is confident heading into this weekend’s second leg at Easter Road Raith can get the job done and set up a tie with Falkirk.
“We are 12 games unbeaten and we just need to keep it going on Saturday,” he said.
“After January, wee Aidan Connolly, Louis Longridge, Craig Barr and Ryan Hardie have made us even stronger.
“We have nothing to fear against anyone the way we are playing.
“The boys are buzzing but we know the job is only half done.”