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Last Updated: Friday, 20 July 2007, 15:34 GMT 16:34 UK
Gilmour among triple Queens haul
Neil McGowan and Brian Gilmour
Neil McGowan and Brian Gilmour have moved to Palmerston
Queen of the South have signed Scotland Under-20 World Cup midfielder Brian Gilmour as part of a triple signing at Palmerston Park.

Gilmour, who played for the Scots this summer after leaving Rangers, has signed a one-year contract along with Robert Harris and Neil McGowan.

Harris arrives for a nominal fee from Division One rivals Clyde after the 19-year-old rejected a new contract.

Fellow defender McGowan, 30, left relegated Airdrie United.

Queens manager Gordon Chisholm viewed the capture of 20-year-old Gilmour, who had also been offered terms by Clyde after a loan spell at Broadwood last season, as a particular coup.

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"There was a lot of interest from other clubs, so I'm delighted he has signed for Queen of the South," he told BBC Sport.

"He is at the right age and will be a valuable addition."

Chisholm also thought Harris had an opportunity to have a successful career in football.

"He can play anywhere on the left side, has a great chance in the game and I am looking forward to watching him develop," said the Queens boss.

Robert Harris in action for Clyde last season
Queens paid Clyde a nominal fee for defender Robert Harris

McGowan enraged Queens fans with a tackle on Steve Tosh that led to a red card last season.

But Chisholm thought he would soon endear himself to the Dumfries club's support.

"He is a fiery and determined character and that's the kind of quality I'm looking for in the First Division," added the manager.

"But he is also a good passer of the ball and was Airdrie's player of the year last term."

McGowan had spent five years at Excelsior Stadium, having arrived in Airdrie from Icelandic club KA.

Meanwhile, Clyde director John Ruddy insisted that new manager Colin Hendry would still be able to strengthen the squad despite the loss of Gilmour and Harris.

"It's anything but doom and gloom and I think Colin will put together one of the strongest squads in the league this years," said Ruddy.

"We have played nice football in recent seasons without having the punch and strength and I think he will put that right."

Hendry is hoping to use his contacts in English football to supplement his squad with players on loan.

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