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I NEED MY OLD MATE'S MAGIC TOUCH - DOUG.

Scotland starlet Dougie Freedman is relishing the prospect of an old boys reunion with Hearts wing wizard Allan Johnston.

And the Crystal Palace striker said: "I reckon Allan would do pretty well in English football."

The London club are very keen on the 22-year-old Tynecastle hitman "Magic" - and they intend to snap him up if promotion to the Premiership is achieved.

That would see a renewal of the Freedman-Johnston partnership from their days in juvenile football.

Freedman said: "Me and Allan used to play together in the Lenzie Boys Club team. We were there from about 13 until about 15 and it would be funny if we were to team up again.

"It's clear we will have to buy a few new players if we make it to the Premiership because that's the only way to stay in the top flight.

"I know Allan's been scoring goals and playing well for Hearts and that's great news."

The Palace Premiership dream could be reality if they win at Derby in Sunday's First Division crunch.

Sunderland are already up, while Palace trail second-placed Derby by a point.

Scotland Under-21 player Freedman said: "It's a real big game for us, all or nothing really.

"But I reckon they'll be more frightened of us than vice-versa.

"We'll go there and play our usual passing game and if we win, I'm convinced we'll get up.

"Our last match is at home to Norwich so victory on Sunday would put us in the perfect frame of mind for it."

Freedman was tipped to be in the A or B squad for Denmark this week, but Scotland boss Craig Brown decided against taking him this time.

But the youngster said: "At 22, I've got time on my side. Maybe if I'm not playing for Scotland in a year or two, I'll start to worry."
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Publication:Daily Record (Glasgow, Scotland)
Date:Apr 25, 1996
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