There’s a temptation to call him Dens Park’s Ryan Giggs but Dundee veteran Matt Lockwood laughs off such a suggestion.
For a start he points out, at 37 he’s a mere spring chicken when placed alongside the Manchester United veteran, who turned 40 on Friday.
And when the subject is raised, the popular Lockwood gets in first to acknowledge there’s a difference in class, though that’s no slight against him.
He shows further modesty when he raises another factor regarding why even just three years short of the big four-oh, he doesn’t take still playing on for granted.
“My attitude is that I will keep playing football as long as someone wants me to. The difference for Ryan Giggs is his ability means he knows someone will, I can’t take that as read,” said Matt.
“As much as I intend to keep playing as long as I can, come the end of a season I don’t have that same guarantee someone will offer me a new contract.”
On the evidence of his form this term, there has to be every chance of a deal being on the table again at Dens next summer.
If there is, Lockwood insists he’ll want to sign it and, on that score, he’s happy to be bracketed alongside Giggs.
“Like me, he’s been lucky with injury and on top of that he has unbelievable ability. The main reason he is still playing, though, is attitude and dedication.
“It doesn’t matter how talented you are, these days you can only play on well into your 30s because you’re dedicated.
“You have to be prepared to look after yourself and live life the right way. If you don’t, you’ve no chance.
“Ryan Giggs has and he has to be a shining example to young kids coming in the game as well as players like me who are old but want to keep playing.”
Lockwood is still optimistic of extending his career into a fourth decade. His game may have changed over the last 10 years but he believes come Saturday afternoons he can be as effective as ever.
“Don’t get me wrong, I don’t do the running around I did when I was in my 20s. Even so, come the later stages of games I’m still feeling fine.
“In fact, sometimes I come off thinking I hardly broke sweat and that comes down to experience.
“My knowledge of the game is much better than it was when I started out and I know what I can and can’t do.
“That means I’m not running around daft and wasting energy. That’s experience and, as a team, I think we showed at Hamilton last week how important that can be.
“Hamilton have got ability but not much experience. We have both and boys like Gavin Rae and Peter MacDonald used it well.
“When we were on top we upped the tempo and got at them but, when they had good spells, we had the know-how to slow everything down and turn things our way again.”
When it comes to that side of the game, in typically candid fashion Lockwood admits tomorrow’s Scottish Cup clash with Raith Rovers will be a tougher task for Dundee.
“Raith have more experience and that’ll make it harder to use the tricks of the trade, if you like.
“They’re a team I like the look of and I think they’ll be coming here with a point to prove after we turned them over in the league a few weeks back.
“They had a man sent off that day and, to be honest, that affected the game.
“Looking back, I think they were a bit unlucky with the red card, although we put in a good performance. We’re looking for the same again tomorrow because we want a decent cup run.
“We’re certainly not going to say it’s not important because the league is our main priority that’s what teams say when they’ve gone out.”