Dundee sign striker Marcus Haber

Marcus Haber in action for Canada during the 2015 CONCACAF Gold Cup.
Marcus Haber in action for Canada during the 2015 CONCACAF Gold Cup.

Canadian international striker Marcus Haber has today signed for Dundee .

The big centre-forward has been on trial at Dens Park for a week and has impressed Dundee manager Paul Hartley enough to be offered a deal for the Dark Blues.

Haber’s last club was Crewe Alexandra in English League One where he scored 10 goals in all competitions.

He is no stranger to Scotland having played at St Johnstone for over two years.

Having not had a club since last season he has still been playing for his national team, most recently against Morrocco and Mauritania in October.

He also had a trial at rivals United earlier in the summer.

His signing until the end of the season will come at a welcome time after the news that Faissal El Bakhtaoui is set for a spell on the sidelines.

Marcus Haber (left) took in the Dee's game at McDiarmid Park yesterday.
Marcus Haber (left) took in the Dee’s game at McDiarmid Park yesterday.

The forward came off in yesterday’s 2-1 defeat to St Johnstone before half-time with what was believed to be a strained calf.

The arrival of Haber will bolster the strikeforce for Wednesday’s big game against Partick Thistle, who sit just above the bottom-placed Dens Park team.

The magnitude of that game has not been lost on Dundee boss Hartley either and he has stressed to his players how important the Thistle clash is after losing at McDiarmid Park.

He said: “It’s a vital game for us now.

“We can’t keep saying it has to turn next week.

“It has to start on Wednesday. We’re in a position where we’re in a fight and we have to get out of it.”

Paul also believes his players know the situation they are in and should be concerned.

He said: “The players should know.

“If you’re in a losing run then you have to start getting worried.

“We have to make sure we fight on Wednesday and get a result.

“The players know we can’t keep saying we’re good enough and the squad is good enough.

“It’s about getting results and that has to start on Wednesday.”

The Dark Blues boss also didn’t pull any punches on his team’s performances up to date.

“We’re 10 games in and it hasn’t been good enough,” he added.

“We’re in a position now we don’t want to be in and we have to turn it quickly.

“Starting with the game on Wednesday.”