Coaching Staff

Ray McKinnon

Head Coach

Playing career

Ray started his professional football career signing for Dundee United in August 1986 playing 53 games for The Terriors.  His next move was to Nottingham Forrest in July 1992.  He played six games for The Reds then moved on to Aberdeen in February 1994.

He played 26 games for The Dons before returning to Dundee United in November 1995 playing an additional 43 games for the Tannadice side.

Ray moved back south in August 1998 signing for Luton Town.  A year later he returned north to join Livingston.  In 2000 Ray had spells at Raith Rovers, Portadown, Stirling Albion, East Fife, Montrose before joining Raith Rovers for a second time in January 2003.

Ray then moved to Lochee United in 2004.

Management career

In 2005 Ray started his managerial career as player/manager of Broughty Athletic.  He returned to Lochee United a year later to take up the manager position with the club. He managed Lochee United until 2008.

Ray worked with the SFA in the Coach Education department before moving returning to management with Brechin City in 2012. He spent three years at City before taking up the reigns at Raith Rovers in season 2015-2016.

A year later Ray moved to Dundee United and took The Tangerines to the Premiership playoff finals in his first season.  Ray left Dundee United in October 2017.

He moved to Greenock to manage Morton in May 2018 before moving to Falkirk in August 2018.

Ray left Falkirk in November 2019.

Ray became the head coach at Queen’s Park in January 2020.

Laurie Ellis

Assistant Head Coach

Playing Career

Laurie started his senior career with Raith Rovers 1998. He made 90 appearances for Raith before moving to St Mirren in 2003. Laurie played with the Buddies for two seasons before returning to Raith Rovers in July 2005.

Laurie played a season at Kirkcaldy then moved to Cowdenbeath, Stirling Albion and finally back to Raith Rovers in 2008.  Laurie made over 390 senior appearances during his professional career scoring 16 goals.1Management Career

In 2012 Laurie took up the role of first-team coach (as well as player) at Raith Rovers and coached the team until May 2016 when he moved to Dundee United as assistant manager to Ray McKinnon. In October 2017 Laurie stepped up to caretaker manager when Ray McKinnon left the club.

He stayed on as assistant manager when Csaba László was appointed.  He then has another spell as caretaker manager before Robbie Neilson was appointed to manage Dundee United.

In March 2019 Laurie moved to Queen of the South and became assistant manager to Gary Naysmith.  He left the club in May 2019 when Naysmith parted company with the Doonhamers.

Laurie joined Queen’s Park in January 2020

Gordon MacFarlane

Sports Scientist

Gordon completed his BSc (Hons) degree in Sports and Exercise Science at the University of the West of Scotland in 2019 and is undertaking a research Masters Degree.

He started with Kilmarnock Ladies providing strength and conditioning programmes  before moving to Motherwell working with reserves and academy squads.

Last season Gordon worked with Kilmarnock academy sides.

Gordon’s role at Queen’s Park is to get the players physically prepared for match days.  He monitors and implements strength, mobility and conditioning programmes for the players.  He also sets out diet and nutrition requirements for the squad.

Gordon works closely with Euan Duffy, the club physio, to assist in player rehabilitation after injury.

Pitch side he is responsible for warm-ups and cool-downs in both training and on match days. 

Gordon joined us as full-time Sports scientist in August 2020.

Stuart Garden

Goalkeeping Coach

Playing Career

Stuart started his football career with Dundee United in 1993.  He moved to Brechin City in 1995, then Forfar Athletic in 1999 before moving to Notts County in 2001.

He played at Notts County for three seasons before returning to Ross County in 2004.  His final playing move was to Montrose in 2011.

Management Career

Stuart moved from player to manager at Montrose in 2012.  He left Montrose in April 2014.

Stuart joined Airdrie in October 2014 as goalkeeping coach.  He then moved onto Dundee United in October 2015.

Sruart joined us as goalkeeping coach in August 2020.


Tony Quinn

Assistant Coach

Playing career

Tony started playing football at youth level with six years at Celtic. He moved to Clyde then had two seasons at youth side Eastercraigs.

Tony joined under 21 side Rob Roy before being signed by Queen’s in season 2001-2002. During his time at Queen’s Tony played 391 games and scored 48 goals.

Management career

Tony retired from playing in August 2015.  He then joined the coaching staff working with youth, 20s, reserves and first team.

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