Dunfermline confirm Celtic talks but still hope teenage striker will stay



DUNFERMLINE insist they have not given up hope of hanging on to PJ Crossan, despite confirming they are ‘in negotiations’ with Celtic over a possible compensation deal for the striker.

The 17-year-old made his first-team debut for the Pars last season, featuring in the wins over Stranraer and Brechin City, and is very highly rated by manager Allan Johnston.

A new deal for the out-of-contract teenager remains on the table, but Celtic have declared an interest in the young marksman, who has also been tracked by Brighton and Nottingham Forest.

East End Park

However, the Fifers would be due a development fee for the player if he does move on and talks are on-going between the East End Park outfit and Celtic.

Dunfermline chairman Ross McArthur, who admits the club would be keen to avoid an SPFL tribunal, said: “We are currently going back and forward (with Celtic) with regards PJ; we are in the process of negotiations.

“We’ve put our cards on the table and we’ll see if we can reach an agreement.

“He is out of contract, so is free to speak to other clubs, but in his case there’s compensation due.

“But we’ve made him a contract offer, because we would like to see him stay at Dunfermline, and that is still on the table.”