Falkirk boss Lee Miller hopes the signing of Rafa De Vita on loan can help spark a reaction in his Bairns squad as they look to push on in their promotion push in the new year.

The midfielder joined Falkirk yesterday from Miller’s former club Livingston after having a temporary stint with Partick Thistle cut short and Miller admitted that it was a move they’d been looking at for a while after replacing Ray McKinnon in the hot seat.

De Vita’s move will see him spend the rest of the season with the Bairns and Miller hopes his experience in League One can help Falkirk return to the Championship at the first attempt.

“Rafa has been in training with us,” Miller said, speaking shortly before De Vita’s signing was officially announced, “he’s one who brings experience and has won this league before and gone up through the Championship so he’s got some great qualities to add to what we already have here.

“Myself and David have tapped into our contacts and this was one I’d flagged up early that could come up as a possibility on loan. Adding a couple of fresh faces in sparks everyone up, raises their game right and gets a reaction from people who might not have been in the team.”

De Vita could make his debut for Falkirk on Saturday when the Bairns host Dumbarton in League One as Scotland’s most competitive division brings in the new year.

Miller and McCraken pose after their hiring as managers of Falkirk (Falkirk FC).

One player who won’t be involved for Falkirk is Denny Johnstone after he completed a loan move to League One rivals Stranraer.

With the transfer window having been open less than 48 hours so far, Falkirk’s recently-appointed management team are wasting no time in shaking up their squad.

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