Dundee’s search for left-back sees club hand trial to former Morton man Russell

Mark Russell
Mark Russell

Neil McCann’s search for more cover on the left side of defence has seen him offer a trial to former Greenock Morton player Mark Russell.

With only Nathan Ralph as a recognised left-back in the squad, the Dens gaffer is keen to add another option in that area.

Normally a right-sided defender, Cammy Kerr has been deployed in that position in the last two Betfred Cup games.

That’s seen Neil invite 22-year-old Russell in for a trial at Dens Park after he left Cappielow at the end of last season.

He featured 36 times for Ton in the Championship last campaign under former Dundee boss Jim Duffy.

After four years at Cappielow, Russell opted to leave after his contract expired in May, having made more than 150 appearances.

He spent time on trial at St Johnstone at the start of last month but failed to convince Tommy Wright to sign him.

Meanwhile, midfielder Glen Kamara knows Dundee need to be more consistent to improve on last season.

The Dens club played some impressive football at times last season but results did not always match their play. And they ended up securing their Premiership status in May for a second year running after claiming back-to-back wins for only the second time in the league campaign.

And Kamara is in no doubt what they need to improve most.

“Consistency, definitely,” said the Finland international, who is set to be fit for Saturday’s trip to face St Mirren after recovering from an ankle injury.

“We need to take consistency into all the games and, hopefully, we can get some rewards from that.

“To finish in the top six would be an achievement for us.”