Dundee boss Neil McCann looking for quality not quantity as he builds squad

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Neil McCann.

Dundee boss Neil McCann insists he is looking for quality not quantity as he carefully adds to his squad for next season.

The Dens manager made his first two signings last week drafting in Scott Allan on loan from Celtic along with former Sutton United front man Roarie Deacon.

McCann is determined to bring in further reinforcements but was keeping his cards close to his chest on exact numbers.

However, one thing he was willing to discuss was his belief that there is still a lot more to come from the players already at the club.

He said: “I haven’t set a number, no. It was never about a number to me.

“I saw enough from that team last season to believe we would get out of trouble and we did.

“I know there are a few boys who will leave but I want to add to the quality that is already there.

“I still think that now we are up and running and have a full season ahead we can get even more from some of the guys in the dressing-room.

“So we will improve the team as it exists just now and it is about adding quality onto that.

“I am not too fussed about masses of numbers to be honest.”

McCann is determined to have his squad in place and raring to go when the Betfred League Cup games kick off with the first tie against Raith Rovers at Stark’s Park on Tuesday, July 18.

Last season, Dundee convincingly won their two home games in the group stage against Dumbarton and Forfar but could only draw at East Fife and lost at Peterhead.

They promptly exited the competition and McCann is determined that will not happen again under his tenure, especially with a derby against United to look forward to in the last Group C game at the end of next month.

He added: “The most important thing I must say is that the League Cup games will not be used as a warm-up.

“The competition is important to me and we want to be ready for it so we will look to get games in before that to prepare.

“The League Cup games are not to be messed around with.

“The United derby is the last game but the Raith Rovers one is equally as important.”