After ambitious bids for James Keatings & Simon Murray, Dunfermline boss continues striker search

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ALLAN JOHNSTON has warned Dunfermline will have to be patient in their search for goal-scorers – after failing with bids to land both James Keatings and Simon Murray.

The Pars have seen Gavin Reilly return to Hearts after his loan spell and Michael Moffat re-sign for old club Ayr United.

With just Nicky Clark and David Hopkirk left as striking options, Johnston is desperately seeking reinforcements in attack.

But, having seen Keatings join Dundee United and Murray plump for Hibs amidst a host of offers, Johnston has been frustrated in his efforts so far.

He said: “One of the things that was highlighted last season was that we needed to score more goals.

“So, it’s a case of trying to get goal-scorers.

“That’s always the hardest thing. Everybody’s looking for goal-scorers and guys that are going to change the game.

“We’re working hard in the background trying to bring them in, but you’ve got to be patient because you don’t always get the ones you’re trying to get.

“We tried to get James Keatings and we tried to get Simon Murray. We targeted Keatings but Dundee United made him a really good offer, which sometimes happens.”

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