Allan Johnston: ‘Money available to sign new Dunfermline striker’



ALLAN Johnston admits Dunfermline’s Betfred Cup campaign proves they desperately require striking reinforcements for the season ahead.

The Pars were already seeking a new attacker after the departure of top scorer Faissal El Bakhtaoui and Ryan Wallace following last term’s League One title triumph.

But the Pars boss believes the injury that ruled on-loan Hearts forward Gavin Reilly out of their last two outings has stressed his need for one more signing.

Gavin Reilly’s injury has left Dunfermline short in attack

The Fifers were left with just Michael Moffat as an out-and-out marksman for the defeats to Inverness Caley Thistle and Dundee United, with Kallum Higginbotham pressed into action as an auxiliary striker.

However, with wide men Michael Paton and David Hopkirk coming back from injuries, Johnston has the money to add to his squad when he finds the right man for the job.

He told Capital City Press: “You can see that with one striker missing it does leave us really, really short.

“So, we still need to bring in that one player.

“And we’ve got the ability to do that, we’ve got the money there to do it.

“It’s just trying to find a player who’s not just going to come in and make up the numbers.

“We need somebody that’s going to compete for a first-team place.”