Dunfermline run rule over ex-Hibs, Dundee and Hamilton striker Mickael Antoine-Curier

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BY IAIN COLLIN – Capital City Press

Former Dundee, Hibernian and Hamilton Accies striker Mickael Antoine-Curier could be set for a move to Dunfermline after joining the League One side on trial.

The 32-year-old is a free agent after being released by Burton Albion at the end of last season following the English side’s promotion from League Two.

The France-born Guadeloupe internationalist joined Dunfermline for training this week and is expected to remain with Allan Johnston’s side into next week as the new Pars manager weighs up an offer.

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Could Antoine-Curier become the latest new signing to be welcomed to East End Park?

 

The Fifers would represent the 21st move of a far-travelled senior career that has taken the powerful marksman to England, Norway, Scotland, Cyprus, Malaysia and Kazakhstan.

Johnston has made it clear he wants to make at least another two new signings as he seeks to strengthen his 17-man squad and has widened his net this week as he seeks the right recruits.

The former Kilmarnock and Queen of the South boss said: “We’ve looked at a couple of players, to be fair. We’re hopefully going to bring in another two.

“We’ve got four guys in just now on trial and they’ve all done well. We’ll see where that takes us.

“Mickael Antoine-Curier is one of the guys we’ve got in. He’s a bit different to every other striker we’ve got at the moment. He’s got a big presence.

“He’s missed a wee bit of training as well, though, so we’ll see how it goes with that one.

“We’ll have more of a look at him over the next week or so.”

Meanwhile, Johnston has warned his high-flying side against allowing complacency to creep in as they prepare to face Cowdenbeath – just a fortnight since they trounced their Fife rivals 5-1 in the League Cup.

Johnston, whose side have scored 15 goals in three games so far this season, was a team-mate of Blue Brazil counterpart Colin Nish during their time together at Kilmarnock and is wary of a backlash in tomorrow’s (Saturday’s) league rematch.

He added: “I’m sure they’ll be desperate to make amends.

“Obviously, their fans would have been disappointed. It’s a derby and the last couple of results haven’t gone their way, so I’m sure they’ll be working even harder to try and get a result.

“That’s what we’ve got to be cautious of as well, we’ve got to make sure we don’t get complacent and work even harder to make sure we keep achieving what we’ve been achieving.

“You can’t be overly confident. We can’t afford to turn up and play at 75 per cent. We’ve got to be 100 per cent at it in every game. We can’t allow any slackness to come in.”

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