Dundee boss Neil McCann admits he could yet make a move for former Rangers and Scotland striker Kenny Miller.
The veteran front man is a free agent after his seven-week tenure as Livingston player/manager ended earlier this week.
St Mirren are understood to be the front runners to sign Miller but McCann admitted that once today’s game with St Johnstone at McDiarmid is out of the way a “conversation” might take place at the start of next week.
The Dens manager said last night: “Kenny is an attraction because he is a goalscorer. He is clearly a very experienced player but I would imagine Kenny would have lots of options.
“If that was on the table, you wouldn’t turn away from it but I’m not sure that’s going to happen.”
When asked if Miller was someone he would be keen to speak to, McCann replied: “Not at this moment in time.
“I am fully concentrating on the game tomorrow.
“You don’t know what can happen at the weekend. A conversation might happen on Monday but he might be gone by then because I heard he was close to (signing for) St Mirren.
“As I have said before, there are still places I want to strengthen. I think as a squad we are one or two bodies down. So we are still actively looking.
“But that’s all in the background just now until we take care of the St Johnstone game.”
That game will almost certainly see Steven Caulker recalled to the Dundee starting line-up.
The big centre-half has been on the bench in the last two matches – the 1-0 league defeat against Aberdeen and last Saturday’s Betfred Cup loss to Ayr United.
That game against the Honest Men also came at a cost with central defender Genseric Kusunga shown a straight red shortly after Sofien Moussa had already been given his marching orders.
The big striker is available for the Saints game but Kusunga is banned paving the way for Caulker’s return with McCann also set to welcome back key midfielders Paul McGowan and Glen Kamara.
McCann said: “Gensy is suspended but Paul is back and fit.
“He had a wee bit of a tight groin last week. He wasn’t too far off it but a couple of days’ rest seems to have worked wonders and he is back in the squad.
“Glen is also back and available which is good.
“Roarie Deacon is still not ready yet. He is going to be a wee bit longer but he trained with us and is doing well.
“It is great to have Steven there to come back in. Gensy knows he lost his composure a wee bit towards the end of the game and we have paid the penalty for that by missing him for the weekend.
“But it is great to have someone like Steven who will perform well tomorrow, no doubt.
“He has trained really well this week and he wants to be back involved.
“I continued with Steven on the bench against Ayr United because I thought we dealt with Aberdeen really well as a back four.
“So there was no need to change it for the Ayr game. But Steven is a quality player and he has been patient.
“Gensy being missing gives him an opportunity to come back into the starting line-up.
“He will do what he does and perform at a high level.”
Dundee as a team certainly did not perform at a high level as they slumped to that 3-0 defeat to Ayr but McCann is confident of a big response in Perth.
He said: “We were all very disappointed. The boys are much better than what they showed.
“I said to them that we can’t come from the performance particularly in the second half against St Mirren, put on another really good display against Aberdeen and then be so poor against Ayr.
“That hasn’t happened too many times in my career, certainly not as a manager and I have full confidence they will bounce back from that.”
Earlier this week, McCann’s St Johnstone counterpart Tommy Wright was keen to draw a line under the “feistiness” of the games between the sides at the end of the last campaign and the Dundee boss added: “It is a new season and all I am interested in is my own team going to McDiarmid Park and trying to get three points.”