Rab Douglas: Neil McCann will already be eyeing up January striker targets

Sofien Moussa.

We all know the financial problems Dundee have had in the past.

And I don’t know what the current picture is.

But, in pure football terms, bringing in a striker who can get into double figures would be worth pushing the boat out for in January.

There’s a long way to go in the season but Dundee can’t afford to become detached.

They’re playing some reasonable football from the back but scoring goals is a real problem for them.

Striker is the hardest position on the pitch to get right and usually you get what you pay for.

You can probably trace the problems in front of goal back to when Greg Stewart and Kane Hemmings were sold and how Dundee replaced them.

I may be wrong but I don’t think Hemmings would have been on a fortune when he signed so it is possible to get someone for the sort of money Dundee can afford.

And I’m sure Neil McCann will be identifying targets already for January.

Every signing you make is a gamble but the higher up the wage scale you go, the less of a  gamble it becomes.


* I was absolutely delighted for Arbroath’s goalie David Hutton at the weekend.

While I was out in Spain he was keeping a clean sheet in the Scottish Cup to help the club through to the end of the season.

The manager had said that he could have dropped about nine players after the Ayr game so David was far from alone in being left out for the match I made my comeback in against Queen’s Park.

As I’ve been telling him, if a keeper says he hasn’t made a mistake or been dropped he’s a liar.

Saturday’s performance will have been great for his confidence.

Don’t get me wrong, I thoroughly enjoyed the game I played but I’d need a run of them if I was going to be serious about making this a longer term comeback.

It had been 23 months since I’d last played a competitive match.

I’ve signed until the end of the season and Dick knows I’m there if he really needs me.

But, after keeping a clean sheet at the national stadium, that would be a pretty good way to sign off.

If David and Ricky Gomes can battle it out between them, nobody will be happier than me.


* It’s one of my old clubs against the team I supported as a boy in the League Cup final on Sunday.

It would be great if Motherwell won because trophies are a lot rarer for them than Celtic.

And they’ve got a few things going for them.

They’re full of confidence after their win at Aberdeen, they’ve got a good mix of young players and senior pros and they’ve added a bit of physical presence that maybe they’ve lacked in previous seasons.

The biggest positive is, of course, Louis Moult.

A striker on fire like he is will always give you a chance.

Having said all that, though, I still think Celtic will win.

They are a trophy-winning machine just now and show no signs of slowing down.