Dunfermline boss Allan Johnston excited by Celtic youngster Paul McMullan’s arrival after losing PJ Crossan

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Dunfermline manager Allan Johnston has hailed the signing of Celtic youngster Paul McMullan after PJ Crossan headed in the opposite direction.

McMullan checked in at East End Park on a season-long deal on Monday as highly-rated 17-year-old forward Crossan completed a permanent switch to Parkhead for an undisclosed fee.

The new Pars recruit spent time on loan in the Championship at St Mirren and Morton last season and Johnston is confident the 20-year-old can become an integral part of his first team on their return to the second tier.

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Johnston said: “Paul’s somebody I’ve been keen on for a long time, he has pace and is a player that can get by people. Hopefully it’s someone that can make an impact on the team.

“He’s got experience although he’s a really young lad, he wants to come here and do well.

“It adds competition because he can play up front, he can play wide, I think he’ll be a good player for us.

“He wants to play first team football rather than play under-20 football at Celtic.”

McMullan’s arrival has softened the blow of losing Crossan after the Fife outfit were defeated in their bid to retain the talented teenager.

Johnston added: “It’s a good move for PJ as well, we wish him all the best and we hope he’s successful.

“He’s a really good lad, we would have liked to have kept him here but he intimidated he would rather go to Celtic, and you can’t do much about that.”

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