Despite facing a race against time to be fit for the new season, James McPake has been confirmed as Dundee’s new club captain.
The central defender was vice-captain, alongside Gary Irvine, last season to Kevin Thomson.
But the departure of the former Scotland international midfielder, who went on to collect a Scottish Cup winners medal with first love Hibs, left a gap in the Dark Blues squad.
And manager Paul Hartley has confirmed McPake, now in his third year at Dens Park, will lead his team out, although that may not turn out to be the case on the opening day.
Confirming the appointment, Paul said: “James will be the club captain.
“If he does not start the season, we have one or two others as options to step in and take the armband. But James will be captain when he plays.”
McPake is currently deep in the process of a rehabilitation programme to get back fully fit following a horrific knee injury suffered at the turn of the year.
And at best he is rated as a doubt to make the Dark Blues opener, which is scheduled to be on the weekend of August 6.
Paul says his skipper will be a part of the club’s pre-season trip to Austria but will fill a slightly different role to one he is used to.
“James will not be back for pre-season fully,” said the gaffer.
“He is someone we have to take our time with. We need to make sure he is OK because it was a bad injury.
“He will come to Austria with us and will do some work. He will also be helping me out on the coaching side of things.
“We expect him to miss the first part of pre-season, as he will purely be working with the physio.”