Marcus Haber can fire Dundee up the table says former teammate

Dundee signing Marcus Haber at Dens Park
Dundee signing Marcus Haber at Dens Park

Marcus Haber can fire Dundee off the foot of the Premiership table.

That’s the view of former St Johnstone team-mate Liam Craig, who feels the new Dundee striker can be a hit on and off the park.

Craig knows the Canadian international forward well from the time they spent at McDiarmid Park.

And he is convinced the 6ft 3in front man can do a job for the Dark Blues, given the contribution he made for the Perth club.

Marcus Haber celebrates scoring against Hibs with Liam Craig while on loan to St Johnstone in 2010.
Marcus Haber celebrates scoring against Hibs with Liam Craig while on<br />loan to St Johnstone in 2010.

Craig said: “It was unfortunate Marcus received a bad knee injury during his time at Saints but he is a great athlete who will score goals.

“He’s six feet three inches tall so is a right handful. He was great to play alongside and great in the dressing-room, too.

“He’s played a fair bit of his career in England. He started there with West Brom where he received super coaching and he’s scored everywhere he has been, even at international level with Canada.

“I have no doubt he will be an asset to Dundee and I hope he does well for them — except when they play us!”

Haber (27) has 26 Canadian caps and has also played for Vancouver Whitecaps, Exeter, Stevenage, Notts County and Crewe.

Tonight the Tele takes a more in-depth look at his career.

Vancouver Whitecaps

Appearances 41, Goals 9

Marcus had two spells at the Whitecaps and won Rookie of the Year in his first season.

He subsequently signed for West Bromwich Albion and, after a loan spell at Exeter, he went back to Vancouver for his second stint scoring twice in 15 appearances that season.

Exeter

Appearances 5, Goals 0

In the January of 2010, the Canadian signed for West Brom and was sent out on loan by then-Baggies manager Roberto Di Matteo to Exeter to gain valuable first-team experience.

St Johnstone

Appearances 42, Goals 3

At the start of the 2010-2011 campaign, the striker was initially signed on a season-long loan from WBA by then-Saints manager Derek McInnes, who was quoted at the time saying Marcus was “Young, hungry and keen to learn” on his arrival at McDiarmid.

After scoring one goal in 11 starts at the beginning of the season, his campaign was abruptly ended when he snapped his cruciate ligament.

At the end of that deal, the Baggies released him and, after a successful trial, he signed again for St Johnstone for the 2011-2012 season.

Stevenage

Appearances 45, Goals 7

After helping Saints to sixth in the league, the big forward headed for English League One side Stevenage.

He signed a two-year contract in July 2012 and duly scored seven league goals in his first season. However, with a new manager in place for the following campaign, it was felt it was better for both parties if the Canadian went out on loan for the second year of his contract.

Notts County

Appearances 11, Goals 2

The player signed a three-month emergency loan deal for the Robins from Stevenage at the same time as Aston Villa player Jack Grealish went on loan there, too.

Crewe

Appearances 76, Goals 16.

Crewe was his last club and he spent more than two years there as the club struggled at the bottom end of League One. He scored 16 goals which wasn’t a bad return given their plight.

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