Dundee boss James McPake has won the race for the signature of highly-rated Ayr United winger Declan McDaid.
The 23-year-old made a big impression over the last two seasons playing for Ian McCall’s side, scoring 13 times in 88 appearances for the Honest Men.
Now though, McDaid, who started his career as a youth at Morton before moving to Partick, has put pen to paper on a two-year deal with the Dark Blues, becoming McPake’s first signing since taking over the reins at Dens Park last week.
The manager, who handed Dundee full-back Cammy Kerr a new contract on Tuesday, said: “Declan’s a player I’ve seen a lot of.
“I played against him when he was a young kid breaking into the first team at Partick Thistle and he’s gone on to play a lot of football at Ayr United.
“He is a winger who can play off either side. I’m delighted to get him at the club amongst interest from a lot of other clubs.
“From the conversations I’ve had with him, I can see how ambitious he is. Like the club, he has a real drive to get back to the Premiership.”