Dundee new boy Benjamin Kallman says this week’s arrival of 69-cap Scotland international Kenny Miller will “fire him up” as he looks to establish himself as the go-to striker at Dens Park.
Former Rangers and Celtic star Miller signed a two-year deal with the Dark Blues on Wednesday to boost Neil McCann’s goalscoring options after a poor start to the campaign in front of goal.
And Finland international Kallman, only in the door himself two weeks ago, says he’s embracing the challenge a player like Miller brings and wants to “drink in everything” the 38-year-old has to say.
Kallman said: “We have a lot of strikers but competition is healthy and I think that will fire me up to play better and train better.
“That’s what I am here to do, to develop as a player.
“I trained with him yesterday and I already know I can learn so much from him.
“I just see it as a positive – he’s a very experienced player, very smart and he knows so much about football that I will try and drink in everything he has to say.
“He’s about double my age and he knows football – just from one training session you could see he has a lot of knowledge, especially for a striker like me.
“That’s a good thing for me.”
The 20-year-old Finn, who has been called up to his country’s U/21 squad next week, is vying with Miller, along with Sofien Moussa and Jean Mendy, for another starting spot today at home to Motherwell.
Kallman made his first start for the Dark Blues in last weekend’s 1-0 defeat at St Johnstone and is keen to get on the scoresheet as soon as possible – something he thought he had done at McDiarmid Park.
With the score at 0-0, Kallman turned and hit a Glen Kamara pass only to see the ball roll past the far post with the goalkeeper stranded.
“When I shot and got the connection I was like ‘that’s in’!” he said.
“Because I usually score those type of goals when I turn and shoot at the same time – that’s maybe my speciality!
“They usually go in but it was really close, I don’t know what else I could have done in that situation.
“We have a good team and we played some good football, especially in the first half.
“It was nice to make my first start in a new country but I felt we played well and were unlucky not to get at least a point at St Johntone.”
The Finn is still getting himself settled in Dundee off the pitch but on the training field he’s getting to grips with things, even if it’s taking a bit of getting used to.
He added: “I’m getting settled slowly but I’m getting there and training has been getting better every time.
“The tempo of the training and the quality is better here.
“It’s still taking me a bit of time to get used to the tempo, it’s like a different kind of football you have to adapt to and get used to, but I haven’t found any big problems in that.
“Scottish football is fast – there’s no time to take it easy or anything! It’s always up and down but I like it.
“It will take me some time to really get used to it, though.”
With Motherwell in town today, Kallman won’t be afforded the luxury of time on the ball but he’s confident the Dark Blues can come out on top with their brand of football up against the Steelmen’s direct approach.
“It’s difficult to come up against teams when it’s a battle and maybe don’t play the nice football, if you can put it like that.
“However, if we play the football we can, we can really hurt them.
“If you play good football then you can beat any team no matter the styles.”