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Monday, October 18, 1999 Published at 19:13 GMT 20:13 UK


UK: Scotland

Scotland bid for Jamaican striker

Johnson has already sparked interest from other national sides

Scotland manager Craig Brown has been on a scouting trip to England to watch a Jamaican-born striker he believes could help the Scots progress in the European Championships.

Ipswich Town player David Johnson would be a catch for the national side - having shot nine goals into the back of the net, he is now leading scorer in the English First Division.


David Allison reports on the player's multi-national pedigree
Not only would Johnson become the first black player to win a full international cap for the Scots, he would also be the first player to represent the country without a bloodline.

The 23-year-old is expected to travel north of the border this week to see Scotland's Premiership footballers in action.

Johnson is attracting a lot of interest from outside the domestic game - at the end of September, the former Bury player was called into the Welsh squad.

He was a likely contender to play for Wales against Switzerland last week but did not make it onto the field because of an ankle injury.

British passport

Johnson has already played for the England B team and Jamaica but is still not fully committed to any country.

His ability to choose from a multitude of sides is down to the fact he holds a British passport and can therefore play for England, Northern Ireland, Scotland or Wales.


[ image: Craig Brown: Watched Johnson play]
Craig Brown: Watched Johnson play
Brown saw Johnson play on Saturday when his team met Queens Park Rangers.

Ipswich Town's performance was a poor one - they crashed out as embarrassing 4-1 losers.

Johnson failed to turn on his striking abilities and was taken off in the 79th minute.

Ipswich manager George Burley confirmed that Brown was in the club's director's box to watch the player.

He said: "I think David has done well enough at the club to be involved with the Scottish squad.

"It is up to Craig to decide on that but David hasn't done himself any harm."

Two-leg play-off

Scotland's advance into the finals of the European Championships next year will be decided by a two-leg play-off against England next month.

Johnson, who was with Manchester United in the early 1990s but was given a free transfer from Old Trafford in 1995, could be a contender for the crucial meetings.



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