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Jonatan Johansson signs short-term deal with St Johnstone

Ex-Rangers and Charlton striker Johansson signs on until January 2010 ahead of Co-operative Cup clash with Dundee United.

Jonatan Johansson signs short-term deal with St Johnstone

Former Rangers and Charlton Athletic striker Jonatan Johansson has signed a deal with SPL new boys St Johnstone until January 2010. The Finland international, released by Hibernian in the summer, had been training with Derek McInnes' side to keep his fitness up prior to his country's final World Cup qualifying matches in October.

News of Johansson's capture came to light only when he was named in the Saints' starting line-up for their Co-operative Cup tie at home to Dundee United on Tuesday night.

The 34-year-old found the net against Germany in Hamburg earlier this month, scoring an 11th minute opener which was only equalised by the hosts in 90th minute in a 1-1 draw.

His goal against Germany marked his 100th cap for his country and made him Finland's second top goalscorer of all-time, behind ex-Liverpool midfielder Jari Litmanen.

He had been in good form for his country of late despite missing out on regular club football, also scoring the winner in a 2-1 win over Azerbaijan in September. He also finished as the leading marksman for Finland in the 2010 World Cup Qualifying campaign with five goals.

The much travelled striker started his career in Finland with Pargas IF and TPS, before moving to Estonian club FC Flora. A move to Rangers followed, where he featured sparingly over a three year spell before moving to Charlton Athletic.

He spent six years in London, before a loan spell at Norwich City was followed up by a move to Swedish club Malmo and eventually a return to Scotland to play for Hibernian in January 2009.

His time in Edinburgh was short-lived however and he was released by new boss John Hughes in August in a transfer window clearout.

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