Dundee favourite Cammy Kerr has called on the club’s supporters to give Alan Gilzean the send off the Dens legend deserves this weekend.
The Dark Blues take on Dunfermline this Sunday in the first home game since Gilzean passed away at the age of 79.
The club legend’s funeral takes place tomorrow and Sunday’s clash promises to be one full of emotion for everyone associated with Dundee.
A special matchday programme will be available while there will be a minute’s silence and black armbands worn by the players but Kerr expects a bumper home crowd to give Gilzean a roaring send-off.
The 22-year-old said: “It’s a terrible thing to happen.
“Sadly, I never got to see him play or have the privilege of meeting him but what a figure to have played at this football club.
“To know you are at the same football club as some of the greatest footballers have played at is fantastic.
“I’d like to send my regards and best wishes to his family at this time, obviously a tough time.
“In terms of the game, I think it will be emotional and, hopefully, the crowd turn out for a very special player for this football club.
“I’ve read a few of things in the papers about the player he was and I actually remember watching the thing on TV at White Hart Lane when they closed the old stadium.
“I knew he was a good player but I didn’t know how big he was for Tottenham.
“When they said ‘The Original King of White Hart Lane, Alan Gilzean’ it just shows the regard he was held in down there.
“Naming a lounge after him doesn’t do him justice because he was, obviously, a great talent.”
Being a fan himself, Kerr knows the kind of supporters Dundee have and the loyalty they show their team – something he experienced in a very noisy welcome and send-off at last week’s friendly against Farense in Portugal.
“We could hear them when we got off the bus in Albufeira but you can’t see how many there were,” Kerr added.
“At the end I got a few photos and things and they were singing away.
“The best bit was when we were leaving and they were all banging on the bus – it was great!
“You see European games and all the fans waiting on the buses so it felt like that, it felt great.
“For the fans to go across there just shows the loyalty that they’ll go across to Portugal for a friendly. That’s fantastic to see.
“I gave away a pair of my boots and I think someone had them on running about the streets about 10 minutes later!”
Allan Johnston’s Pars side will be looking to spoil Dundee’s return to the newly-named Kilmac Stadium at Dens Park by putting themselves into pole position in Betfred Cup Group D.
And Kerr knows the Dark Blues will have to be right on their game to see off a Dunfermline side that swept past Peterhead in midweek.
He added: “The game is on the TV as well which is good and the pitch is coming on really well, too. The groundsmen do a great job to give us a good pitch.
“It’s always good to come out and have a game on the TV, it’s exciting, but Dunfermline are a side that will definitely try to push this year.
“They’ve made some really important signings throughout their side and they’ll be a really tough test, so we’ll have to be firing on all cylinders.”