Dundee’s Cammy Kerr admits scoring his first goal for the club was a dream come true for him – and a nightmare for team-mate Craig Wighton.
Kerr opened his account for the Dark Blues three weeks ago against Motherwell at Dens.
Everybody in the ground could see just how much it meant to him as he celebrated with good pal Wighton.
However, it also gave the 21-year-old defender plenty of ammo to wind up his fellow Dundonian when they met up for their regular early-morning gum sessions.
That was because striker Wighton, who has been a revelation in recent weeks for Paul Hartley’s side, had yet to get off the mark this season.
The teenage front man finally made his friend eat his words last Saturday when he netted against Inverness but Kerr is just delighted to have someone with so much talent alongside him in Dark Blue.
He said: “Personally I have dreamt of scoring for Dundee since I was a young lad.
“So to finally do it was a wee weight off my shoulders. I don’t score many being a defender so it was good.
“I didn’t really know how to celebrate it the right way – I just kind of lost it!
“I was giving Craig a bit of stick about it before he scored last week.
“We had a lot of good banter about that.
“We are both still working hard in the gym. We are in there at eight o’clock every morning.
“We are seeing the benefits, especially him up front. He is holding off defenders and rolling them aside.
“He even seems to be faster with the ball than when he is just running which is a great thing to have as he seems to glide past people.
“He is doing really well. Everyone knows he has great talent and he is a good lad as well.”
Kerr has started the last five games for Dundee and he admitted he is relishing playing wing-back in the new 3-5-2 formation.
He said: “I am really enjoying my run in the team and I feel I am learning every week.
“I was taken out of the side for a few games and I think that helped me push on again.
“I am learning lots from the experienced players like Darren O’Dea, Tom Hateley, Gowser (Paul McGowan) . . . they all speak to me.
“They are great lads to have around the team.
“Playing wing-back probably suits me best. You have to do your defensive duties but it gives you the licence to get up the park.
“I am enjoying it and I think the team as a whole has warmed to it (new system) in recent weeks and getting to grips with it.”
Dundee have won three out of the last four games, with the only setback coming in a last-gasp defeat against Rangers at Ibrox.
And Kerr insisted he was always confident that the team would come good again.
He said: “We knew it would happen but chances just weren’t falling the right way for us.
“We knew we just needed a goal to kick-start our season again.
“Obviously we got that through in Hamilton and since then we have grown in confidence.
“The boys are much more upbeat and hopefully we can kick on.”
Kerr is hoping to continue his run in the team when they travel to face Killie at Rugby Park this afternoon.
He said: “I have never started a game down there but I have been on the bench and know what the astro is like.
“It is another tough one and the league is so tight.
“But we will go there with confidence and look to take another three points.
“We just have to worry about ourselves, keep working hard and doing what we have been doing.
“The boys’ work-rate has been tremendous and we have to continue that.”