Three is the magic number for Dundee striker Carlo Monti.
The 23-year-old, signed just last week, has scored three goals in three games in dark blue this summer.
As well as that, his single effort, a first-half header, helped Dundee record their third win out of three pre-season games.
The striker, who played junior level last season, showed exactly why boss John Brown was so desperate to get him signed up to the Dark Blues ranks.
His neat touch, footballing brain and ability to be in the right place at the right time could be invaluable as the Dens men look to bounce back to the top-flight at the first time of asking.
In fact, despite a sticky start to his career at Celtic, having seen him put in Man of the Match performances in both of Dundee’s open summer games to date, it shocks me that the lad hasn’t been snapped up before now.
Yes, it was only a friendly.
And yes he has only completed two full halves of 45 minutes for the club against third and fourth-tier opposition.
But, already he’s showing the signs of being one of the signings of the summer.
Every inch of Monti’s talent was on show in a comfortable first half where by Dundee had the lion’s share of possession.
The livewire attacker, playing off Peter MacDonald, struck midway through the opening 45 at Station Park.
A charge-down and cross from youngster Jamie Reid allowed Monti, on a late run into the box, to nod powerfully past the helpless Darren Hill between the Loons sticks.
It was no less than the Dark Blues, and Monti, had deserved.
But despite on the balance of play probably slightly deserving it, the home side didn’t allow Bomber’s boys to have it all their own way.
Dick Campbell’s outfit, who came within a whisker of playing second tier football last season, didn’t let Dundee settle or dictate proceedings, as they had done in the 5-1 mauling of Montrose just four days earlier.
And the Loons, who came within an upright’s width of levelling the fixture, might feel a little aggrieved they weren’t able TO prevent Dundee recording victory.
Either way Dundee, Monti and Bomber’s summer has been picture perfect so far this summer well on the park anyway.
The gaffer decided to make a number of changes from the victory at Links Park.
Last season’s Tele Player of the Year Jim McAlister came into the side along with summer signing Willie Dyer, MacDonald and Iain Davidson, employed in the unusual role of sweeper.
With Kyle Letheren still nursing a slight problem, although he did come on in the second-half, Dundee again had a mystery man in goal.
Despite much hounding of club staff, his identity remains unknown, although he is thought to be Polish and might answer to the name of Lukas.
I’m not normally one to start rumours but I’m definitely ruling out Zaluska and Fabianski!
Gavin Rae led the side out while former Dundee player Bryan Deasley was on the Loons bench.
From the off, the visitors seemed to be employing a shoot on sight policy.
Within the opening quarter hour, Declan Gallagher, Monti (twice), Dyer and Rae all tried their luck from distance.
But not to be forgotten about in the game, Forfar had a goal threat of their own, and it came in the hefty-framed shape of former Rangers centre-half Marvin Andrews.
The Trinidadian 37-year-old, signed from Albion Rovers, almost bagged the opener.
Rising highest at the back post, he nodded towards goal but he couldn’t beat Gary Irvine on the line.
That scare seemed to act as a wake-up call for the visitors and they edged in front courtesy of the former juniors forward Monti.
Nothing seems to faze Monti he looks a relaxed player on the park.
And although he’s not the tallest, his street smarts in and around the area help him get a yard on defenders where most are left trailing.
It was almost two soon after when Andrews deflected a scuffed McAlister strike on to the bar after MacDonald had contrived to fluff his lines in the box.
From the resulting corner, Gallagher flicked a glancing header past the post.
Before the break, Dundee did have the ball in the net but McAlister was offside.
At half-time Bomber made six changes bringing on former Killie man Letheren in goal.
And it was to prove a busy 45 for the keeper.
The ex-Wales U/21 international had to be at his very best to preserve the Dundee lead most notably to save a dipping effort from Deasley.
There was little he could do though with 20 left on the clock as James Dale’s rasping effort crashed off the bar but fell to safety.
It was quiet, and a little disjointed from the Dark Blues in the second 45 but they did have chances of their own.
Kyle Benedictus should have opened his account for the summer from six yards, while sub Ryan Conroy flashed the ball into the side netting from 20 yards.
All in all, a professional performance.
Bomber will be hoping for the same again Tuesday when he travels for a no doubt tasty welcome at former employers Clyde.