Dunfermline boss Allan Johnston backs squad to plug gap left by Farid El Alagui departure

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DUNFERMLINE manager Allan Johnston has backed his fringe players to plug the gap left by the departure of Farid El Alagui.

El Alagui turned down the offer of a new contract with the Pars in favour of pursuing a possible money-spinning move to Asia.

The exit of the former Falkirk and Hibs marksman, who netted four times in 16 appearances at East End Park, leaves the Fifers considering their striking options as the transfer window comes to an end.

But Johnston believes he is already well served in attack.

He said: “We’re still waiting to see if there are going to be any players who are what we are looking for.

“If something came up then we would have a look.

“But we’ve got good players who can step into the striker role.

“We’ve got Michael Moffat, Gavin Reilly, Nicky Clark and David Hopkirk, as well as some young ones. We’ve got real quality going forward.

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“David Hopkirk has been out injured for a good part of this season but he scored three really good goals [for the under-20s] this week and showed what he can bring to the team when he’s fit.”

The one player Dunfermline have signed this month, Callum Morris, was handed his second debut for the club in the 3-2 win over Alloa Athletic on Saturday.

And the former Dundee United and Aberdeen defender impressed Johnston with his display.

The Pars boss added: “I thought Callum Morris came in and played really well on his debut.

“He handled that really well and looked as if he had been there for a lot longer. He’s settled in really quickly.

“You could see the attributes he’s going to bring to the team.”

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