Dundee will take a look at former Celtic full-back Daniel Church in friendlies against Peterhead and Montrose this week.
The 20-year-old has been training with the Dark Blues since last week and recently announced his departure from Parkhead after 13 years at the club.
The left-back didn’t manage a top-team appearance for the Hoops but spent last season on loan at East Fife to gain first-team experience.
Under boss Darren Young, a former Dundee player himself, Church played 12 times in League One, helping the Fifers to a fifth-place finish.
And he’ll be hoping to impress manager James McPake enough to earn a deal in Dee’s first matches since the coronavirus pandemic shut down the 2019/20 season in March.
The Dark Blues have been hard at it in pre-season training since the start of the month but have been unable to play friendly matches due to Government guidelines on sport during the pandemic.
Getting back out on the pitch against other teams marks an acceleration in preparation ahead of the new season starting on October 6 with a Betfred Cup clash with Forfar at Dens Park before the league campaign gets under way away to Hearts on October 17.
Both matches this week will be played behind closed doors.
Also expected to be involved against the Blue Toon and the Gable Endies are youngsters Ewan Murray, Cammy Blacklock and Kyle Fleming.
Fifteen-year-old Murray and 16-year-old Blacklock were promoted up to first-team training last week and took part in an inter-squad practice match at Dens, as did Church.
Central midfielder Fleming, who has also been taking part in top-team training this week, has been part of the U/18 squad since last January after joining from Celtic but is yet to appear in a senior match.
Both left-back Murray and midfielder Blacklock are still at school and it’s understood the club have gained special dispensation for Murray to be involved this week due to being under 16.