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DUNFERMLINE BOSS IN LONG-TERM HOPE FOR EX-CELT HERRON

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FORMER Celtic defender John Herron is wanted on a permanent deal by Dunfermline boss Allan Johnston.

The East End Park gaffer is delighted the 22-year-old has agreed to extend his loan contract from Blackpool until the end of the season.

Herron has another year left on his deal with the Seasiders, but there have been reports he may be able to leave for free in the summer.

Johnston said: “He was really keen to come here to get his career back on track. He’s done that and he’s got to continue to do that.

“He’s a good player, he’s got loads of energy – you can see the amount of ground he covers in games.

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“Time will tell whether he’ll stay longer than the loan spell, but with his performances just now we would be keen to keep him, definitely.

“But I’m sure there will be a lot of other teams looking at him, as well.

“It’s a big five or six months for him. He’s doing really well for us just now, but he’s got to continue that.”

The Fifers have also secured Celtic winger Paul McMullan for the remainder of the campaign after holding talks with the Parkhead club.

The 20-year-old penned a season-long loan, but a recall option meant he could have returned to the champions during the current window.

Johnston added: “They’ve been two big players for us recently and it’s good business from us.

“Paul has come into the team in the last wee while and has done really well. He’s given us that bit of pace and he’s one of those players who’s exciting to watch.”

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