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Neil McCann wants more signings but insists Dundee squad is not light on talent

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He feels his squad remains light on numbers and wants to add two or three players before the end of the transfer window in a month.

But Dundee boss Neil McCann does like the options he has available to him already.

Neil believes the successful Betfred Cup group campaign that’s set up a last-16 tie with Ayr United a fortnight on Saturday, has shown that.

That’s the case at full-back where he believes Saturday’s crucial win over Brechin City saw his team particularly strong in that area.

He was delighted with the performance of young Australian Jesse Curran, whose work since the players reported back after their summer break has left him regarded very much as a first-team player.

The 22-year-old featured in all four group ties, the last two as a starter, and at the weekend was generally regarded as the Dark Blues’ best player.

Dundee boss Neil McCann.

“I thought Jesse was excellent and pushing Cammy Kerr to left-back, I thought he was excellent out there as well,” said Neil.

“Jesse was forceful and he gives us that energy on the right side, pushing forward.”

The manager has the option of restoring summer signing Nathan Ralph to the line-up for this Saturday’s Premiership opener at St Mirren but the form of Curran and Kerr means it looks likely he’ll have to wait for his first top-team start.

The manager still wants to add more goals, he has been pleased by the number of chances being created and the way they’ve been shared around the team.

That’s something, along with assistant boss Graham Gartland, he’s been working on.

“The way we are pushing our midfielders forward to be more of an attacking threat is giving teams problems.

“Paul McGowan is more of an attacking threat, Kharl Madianga continues to be stronger with every game.”

Meanwhile, some tickets for the trip to Paisley this weekend are available from the club shop at Dens Park.

Already there’s been considerable interest in the game and Dundee have urged fans not to head west without first buying their brief.

It’s been confirmed that Betfred clash with Ayr will go ahead on August 18 at 3pm.

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