Dundee boss James McPake to hand trial to former Celtic youngster Ross McLaughlin

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James McPake.

Dundee boss James McPake will hand a trial to former Celtic midfielder Ross McLaughlin.

The 20-year-old was once a highly-rated prospect at the Hoops academy but he suffered a big setback in 2016 when he picked up a cruciate ligament injury.

That kept him sidelined for 18 months but he returned to playing in April when he came off the bench during the Glasgow Cup win over Rangers in April.

However, McLaughlin has now been released by Celtic with McPake looking to run the rule over the playmaker.

The Dens boss is working hard to bolster his squad and also has former Dundee United skipper Fraser Fyvie and ex-Falkirk and Swansea midfielder Ryan Blair in on trial.

Meanwhile, as expected, Kenny Miller, who left Dundee by mutual consent on Monday, has signed for the Dark Blues’ Championship rivals Partick Thistle.

The veteran former Scotland striker has signed a one-year deal at Firhill.

Another player, Irish defender Andy Boyle, who spent time on loan from Preston North End at Dens last season, has penned a permanent deal with former club Dundalk.