Dundee forward Henrik Ojamaa positive about strike partnership with Marcus Haber

February 17 2017, 3.33pmUpdated: February 18 2017, 2.05pm
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Henrik Ojamaa is optimistic his Dundee strike partnership with Marcus Haber can work in a similar way to his highly effective combination with Michael Higdon at Motherwell.

Ojamaa and Higdon helped fire Motherwell into the Champions League qualifiers in 2012 and Haber’s style is similar to the former Falkirk, St Mirren and Sheffield United target man.

Although Ojamaa’s initial goalscoring streak at Motherwell did not continue into his first full season, when he scored four times, the Estonian was a major factor in Higdon claiming 27 goals and the PFA Scotland player of the year award.

Ojamaa’s pace and willingness to run the channels looks to be the perfect foil for the powerful Haber and the former Legia Warsaw player is encouraged by their first two games together.

Speaking ahead of Sunday’s Ladbrokes Premiership encounter with Rangers, Ojamaa said: “With every day and every game I’m getting a better understanding of the team-mates and the way we play.

“But it’s been a good transition, the coaching staff have been giving me some good indication of how they want me to play and what they expect of me.

“The link-up play with Marcus is going well, he is a good target for us with his physicality but also technically his touch is very good. He helps us get up the pitch.

“Michael’s technique for a physically big player was very good and I think it’s the same case for Marcus. At first sight you think: ‘Is this going to be a big physical centre-forward?’, which he is. But he also has the other side to his game, he has a good touch and can bring others into play.

“We speak about what kind of movements and runs we try to make on the field but the best way to do it is just to play together and it kind of comes naturally. You expect him to be in a certain area and expect him to make certain types of runs.

“The more time you spend on the pitch, the more natural it gets.”

Graeme Murty will again take charge of Rangers following the abrupt departure of Mark Warburton and David Weir and Ojamaa vowed to put the Ibrox club’s issues out of his mind.

“It’s very hard to predict how they will respond,” the 25-year-old said. “It can go one of two ways, maybe some players who have been on the fringes will get a chance and be motivated, or maybe other players will be upset.

“Whether it will play a part, I have no idea, we just have to focus on ourselves and make sure that we do our job to the best of our abilities.”

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