He won’t comment on individual players like Crystal Palace starlet Scott Banks – but Dunfermline boss Stevie Crawford says the transfer landscape is tougher this January.

The Pars have made one addition to their squad this month, signing Kyle MacDonald from Airdrieonians. But they have been linked with a couple of players, Crystal Palace U23s star Scott Banks one of the names.

18/05/19 LADBROKES LEAGUE ONE PLAY-OFF FINAL 2ND LEG .CLYDE v ANNAN ATHLETIC .BROADWOOD STADIUM - CUMBERNAULD .Clyde's Scott Banks drives away from Annan Athletic's Christopher Johnston (L).

The former SPFL youngster is at Crystal Palace and has been linked to Dunfermline. (Photo by Gary Hutchison/SNS Group via Getty Images)

But Crawford refuses to be drawn on individuals: “It would be wrong of me to comment on any player. If you threw any players’ name at me, it would be wrong if I said yes, no or maybe.

“In that respect, I haven’t a need to comment on a player at another club. All I can say to you is if anything was to come to fruition then I would be willing to comment.”


As football faces its own challenges caused by the Covid-19 pandemic, Crawford has explained how things on the recruitment front are made harder by the virus: “It is an ongoing process trying to bring a player to a club.

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Ongoing process. (Photo by Ross Parker/SNS Group via Getty Images)

“Usually agents get in touch with you or you maybe notice someone is not playing at a team and you get a chance to bring him into the club in a trial period. Maybe some boys are playing in foreign countries and at this time that is something that we can’t do because of the protocols.

“It makes it harder but you don’t make excuses because every other club is facing the same situation, you just try and do your work to the best of your ability to try and open as many doors as possible. If there is to be any work going to be done it has to be mindful that we are trying to progress the club.

“That’s the important thing for me. We do work on a number of things and most of the time it doesn’t come off but if we are going to add to the squad it has to be to strengthen us.

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Recruits must strengthen Dunfermline. (Photo by Ross Parker / SNS Group via Getty Images)

“I can’t guarantee that there will be additions – or an addition – between now and the end of the month because there are other parties that get involved in that but we are looking to try to do some work.”

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