Back in 2003, Kenny Miller and Lee Wilkie both opened their international scoring accounts on the same day against Iceland – 15 years later, the former Dundee centre-back is backing Miller to be a real success for the Dark Blues.
The 38-year-old former Rangers and Livingston striker signed a two-year deal on Wednesday and his former Scotland team-mate Wilkie says he’s “perfect” for the Dens club right now.
Heading out the door is fans favourite Craig Wighton in a six-figure deal to Hearts and that might just be a perfect place for the youngster under the tutelage of Wilkie’s former gaffer Craig Levein, should the Jambos boss put his recent health problems behind him.
Wilkie said: “Miller is the perfect signing at this moment in time for Dundee.
“I would say the only question mark around it is obviously his age but if he was 10 years younger, there would be no chance Dundee could sign him.
“He’s got so much experience and is a proven goalscorer over the years.
“The past few he’s been used in a slightly different role at Rangers, dropping further back and getting involved in the play.
“I’d imagine Neil McCann will be wanting him to lead the line and get the goals Dundee need.
“He’ll bring a lot of experience to the team as well – at the moment I see them in games and they sometimes lack a bit of authority in the way they play and he’ll bring that.”
That influence will be vital for the Dark Blues on and off the field.
Wilkie added: “He’ll be a big influence, no doubt.
“Neil McCann played with him at Rangers and Scotland and he’ll know he can trust him.
“I can see him helping out on the training field, too, and almost being a player-coach around the place.
“He ticks all the boxes for a team trying to get out of the situation Dundee are in.
“He’s a very fit man, too, he doesn’t get injured often and he’s looked after himself so there’s not too much worry in that regard despite his age.
“Fingers-crossed it works out.”
As for the impending departure of Scotland U/21 international Wighton, Wilkie is sad to see a good young player head out the door but understands the immediate concern for the Dark Blues is to stay in the division.
“Clubs seem to go through different spells where their priorities change.
“Hearts right now have shown they are more than happy to play young players and there’s a clear plan to develop good young talent.
“They’ve done deals like this before with the likes of John Souttar, recognising the talent and bringing it through – Souttar is now in the Scotland squad and they’ll be hoping to bring the best out of Wighton, too.
“He’ll maybe not go straight into their team but Craig Levein has a proven track record of getting signings like this right.
“You can see there is a structure in place through all the coaching staff to bring players through.
“Dundee are in a different place – where they are in the league now, it’s all about results.
“Craig Wighton has a lot of talent but he’s not quite the answer they need right now – Hearts might just be the place for him.”