Dundee have had a number of elder statesmen getting on the scoresheet over the years – soon Kenny Miller might just be the oldest of an illustrious group.
A record held for over 55 years is under pressure as the Dark Blues striker continues to rattle in the goals week by week.
Six in his last four matches have played a big part in getting the current Dundee side off the foot of the Premiership.
And if he can keep finding the net, Miller will become the club’s oldest-ever goalscorer.
Next week’s trip to Aberdeen is the threshold he has to beat and few would bet against him grabbing at least one goal between then and the end of his contract next summer.
If he manages that, Miller will overtake Gordon Smith’s record that has lasted since 1963.
Right now, the Dark Blues are scraping around at the wrong end of the top flight but, back then, Smith and his team-mates were the current national champions after lifting the club’s sole league title in 1962.
Despite signing for the club at the tender age of 37, Smith became a vital part of that league-winning side and the one that went all the way to the European Cup semi-final the following campaign.
With that championship title, he earned the distinction of becoming the player to win three top-flights with three different clubs, none of which were the Old Firm, after previous successes with Hibs and Hearts.
His final goal was, in fact, the club’s last of the 1962/63 season, adding to Alan Gilzean’s opener in a 2-0 victory at Falkirk on May 18, 1963.
Smith was 38 years and 358 days old, just a week shy of his 39th birthday.
Miller will reach 39 on December 23 and can become the club’s only goalscorer at that age if he notches against Livingston on Boxing Day or later.
Despite being born 55 years apart, Smith and Miller have plenty in common – both were born in Edinburgh, began their senior careers at Hibs and have seven Scottish league titles to their names across incredibly successful careers.
Scoring his first goal for the club on November 10, 38-year-old Miller joined quite a list of names who have hit the net for the club towards the end of their careers.
Two who found the net at the age of 36 had differing levels of success as managers.
Neil McCann’s first senior goal came in 1994 for Dundee in the Premier Division but it’s his last that’s more memorable for fans at Dens Park.
Coming out of retirement, McCann had returned to help his former club in the Dee-fiant season under Barry Smith and found the net on his debut in a 2-1 success at home to Raith Rovers.
That strike just topped Ivano Bonetti’s last for the club in 2000, with the Italian player-manager finding the net four months after his 36th birthday.
Also on the list is club legend Gavin Rae at the age of 35, finding the net against Dumbarton in the closing stages of a 4-1 victory in 2013 as he helped the Dark Blues back to the top flight by winning the Championship.
Close to that are a couple of world-famous names – Fabrizio Ravanelli spanked in a hat-trick against Clyde just before his 35th birthday while the one and only Claudio Caniggia notched his last goal for the club in a win at Ibrox at the age of 34. The Argentine star’s strike partner Willie Falconer also found the net at 34 six weeks previously.
Notable mentions also go to Doug Cowie, Jocky Scott, Gordon Wallace, Chic Charnley, Temuri Ketsbaia and Peter MacDonald, who all struck at the ripe age of 33.