JOHN McGLYNN is confident he can be the man to return Falkirk to the top of the Scottish game after deciding the time was right to leave Raith Rovers.

The former Hearts and Livingston manager is adamant he left his second spell in charge at Raith on good terms, but admits the Stark’s Park club failed to come up with the ‘right offer’ to encourage him to sign a new contract and stay on.

That opened the door for Falkirk, who see the 60-year-old as the steadying influence to cast aside a turbulent three years in League One, during which they have had four permanent management teams, and win promotion back to the Championship.

McGlynn, who won the third-tier with Rovers in 2009 and 2020, as well as this season’s Challenge Cup during a turbulent campaign rocked by the controversial signing of David Goodwillie, is relishing the task ahead.

Confirming Kenny Miller will have no place in his backroom team after the former Rangers and Scotland striker saw out the season as caretaker manager, McGlynn said: “It’s an exciting job. Falkirk are a big club. Everyone knows that if you can get it right, the potential here is massive.

“It’s an exciting new challenge and a fresh start. It’s a massive club, but I’m very much up for the challenge.

“You’ve got to have belief in yourself. I’ve been over the course and distance a couple of times, and I’ve won this league a couple of times.

“The excitement is if you can get this going then everyone knows the size of this football club. That is the reason we are here.

“The potential is to go promotion, up and then go again.

“At Raith we went up and we were in the top two until a couple of games ’til the end of the season, then we dropped to third and had a good go in the play-offs.

“A club like Falkirk has the potential to do that and even more. Rome wasn’t built in a day but the potential here is massive and that’s why Paul and I are here.”