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CHIC OF THE DEVIL; Fans will love him says Dens gaffer.

Jim Duffy last night tipped bargain buy Chic Charnley to make Dundee fans smile again.

Showman Charnley was an instant-hit when he scored on his debut against Hamilton on Saturday.

And Dens boss Duff reckons his new boy can light up his first Tayside derby tonight.

Charnley may not be another Morten Wieghorst, but Duff insisted: "I've not lashed out pounds 500,000 on a new player - but I've got someone who makes people smile.

"Chic's just the type of naturally gifted player who has a touch of devilment.

"I'd rather have a player like him who has his wee days now and again than a blue-eyed boy whose boots shine but who can't kick his bum on the pitch."

Charnley's had a chequered career, but Duff is sure the pounds 25,000 he paid Dumbarton will be well spent.

He added: "You can only buy the best you can with the money you've got. Even if I had pounds 250,000 to spend, there just aren't many like Chic around.

"Every now and again you've got to take a wee risk on a player. Whether that's on the potential of young Barry Smith who we signed from Celtic or on Chic at the other end of the scale.

"He's an experienced pro with a lot of talent - but not a model player in the eyes of the public.

"The only thing that worried me about Chic was off the field. I knew what I would be getting on the pitch and in the end that was good enough for me."

Charnley first-footed Dens with a sensational 35-yard strike in the 2- 1 win over Accies, but Duff's warned fans not to expect an action replay.

He said: "I remember Morten Wieghorst scoring a wonder goal in his first game, then going six months for his second."

Dundee will be without Gerry Britton and Tommy McQueen, but Paul Tosh is available after suspension.

United boss Billy Kirkwood is still fuming at his side's 1-1 draw at Clydebank on Saturday.

Kirkie groaned: "We have to start turning draws into wins. It was a sickener to learn that Dunfermline had lost and we missed another chance to go top."

Gary McSwegan and Jamie McQuilken have completed bans, but Maurice Malpas is doubtful.
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Title Annotation:Sport
Author:McGregor, Derek
Publication:Daily Record (Glasgow, Scotland)
Date:Jan 9, 1996
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