Dundee’s search for new talent is taking them far and wide with German midfielder Nils Rutten reportedly in Neil McCann’s thoughts.
The defensive midfielder came through the Borussia Monchengladbach youth system and took a place on the bench in the Champions League group stages last season.
Whether or not his trial is successful, we’ll just have to wait and see but tonight the Tele looks at other Germans who have pulled on the dark blue.
Thomas Konrad and Luka Tankulic
Think German and Dundee and those two spring to mind despite their relatively short spells at Dens Park.
Central defender Konrad, who now plays in Switzerland for Vaduz, did a decent job in his two seasons, signing for the club after their promotion from the Championship.
Konrad turned out 69 times for the Dark Blues before leaving at the end of his contract last summer, scoring twice.
He convinced manager Paul Hartley to sign him after an impressive showing in a 2-0 friendly win over Manchester City in 2014.
That game saw compatriot Luka Tankulic rattle in both goals, sparking some excitement among the fans that they’d snapped up a bargain striker.
Unfortunately for the now 25-year-old, he couldn’t live up to the early promise.
He did score again on his debut in a 4-0 League Cup win over Peterhead but only found the net twice more in his time at Dens. For his new club Sportfreunde Lotte in the German third tier he has scored just two goals in 25 league games.
One of his Dundee goals came in a 6-2 derby-day defeat to Dundee United, which made another German in dark blue rather infamous.
A short but memorable spell at Dens Park saw Schenk turn out just the once for the club, enduring a nightmare debut at Tannadice as he was beaten six times.
Having been signed from Wolfsburg’s second string side as cover for Scott Bain with then No 2 Kyle Letheren injured, Schenk had never featured in a top-team game despite being 25, having played for Hansa Rostock II and St Pauli II.
Remarkably, although maybe unsurprising to Dundee fans, that appearance at Tannadice is still his one and only senior club appearance.
Going back a bit brings to mind Scottish-German midfielder Mennie.
Born in Dortmund, Mennie is regarded as the first Scotsman to play in the Bundesliga as he started his career at FC Koln. He played for them 29 times between 1983 and 1986, scoring once — the first Scotsman to do so.
On his arrival at Dens in January 1986 for £65,000, Mennie insisted he could solve the club’s goalscoring problems as they aimed for Europe under Archie Knox.
In the end, the pacey attacking midfielder only managed three goals across 80 appearances before moving on to Falkirk and then Forfar. He ended his career at Wuppertaler SV — the club Yordi Teijsse was on loan at last season from Dens.
Going even further back in time to the 70s saw left-back Schaedler turn up at Dens.
A second-generation German and son of a POW, he’s worth a mention in this list.
Before coming to Dundee, Schaedler played for Scotland against West Germany and was in the 1974 World Cup squad.
He played over 100 times in dark blue and won the 1978/79 First Division with the club.