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St Johnstone defender may make Dundee switch

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Dundee boss Neil McCann could add to his defensive options for next season by poaching former team-mate Tam Scobbie from Tayside rivals St Johnstone.

The 29-year-old has been speaking to Saints about extending his five-year stay at McDiarmid Park but has yet to sign anything.

That leaves open the possibility of a move up the A90 to Dens Park.

And the fact he can operate at both left-back and central-defence will appeal to the new Dark Blues boss.

St Johnstone defender Tam Scobbie is a potential target for Dundee as former team-mate Neil McCann looks to bolster his backline for next season.
St Johnstone defender Tam Scobbie is a potential target for Dundee as former team-mate Neil McCann looks to bolster his backline for next season.

Last term, Kevin Holt was the only recognised left-sided defender in the first-team squad and with James McPake still a long-term injury absentee, plus Kevin Gomis and Kosta Gadzhalov both being out of contract, an extra option for the middle of the rearguard would be welcome.

The gaffer also knows Scobbie well having been a team-mate of his at Falkirk in his final season playing full-time before hanging up his boots and becoming a Sky TV pundit.

Their last game together, in fact, was the 2009 Scottish Cup Final when the Bairns went down 1-0 to Rangers at Hampden.

Scobbie moved to St Johnstone in 2012 and has gone on to make over 100 appearances for the Perth men. Last term he featured in 20 games, including the closing-day defeat at the hands of Rangers last month.

He is still viewed as a valuable member of the Saints squad by manager Tommy Wright but his association with the Dundee boss may persuade him to make the switch.

Fans planning to buy or renew season tickets for Neil McCann’s first full campaign in charge are reminded the Early Bird discount period ends on Saturday.

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