Only five players remain from when McCann took charge but Dundee ‘far from the finished article’

Neil McCann has transformed Dundee’s squad since arriving at the club last summer but isn’t finished shaping his current squad.
Neil McCann has transformed Dundee’s squad since arriving at the club last summer but isn’t finished shaping his current squad.

More than a year into the job and with plenty of players in and out, Dundee boss Neil McCann is beginning to feel this squad is his own, though he admits they’re “far from the finished article”.

Only five first-team players remain since Neil took the reins at Dens Park in June 2017 – Cammy Kerr, Darren O’Dea, Paul McGowan, Jesse Curran and Craig Wighton.

After two summer windows – still four weeks to go in the current one – and a winter transfer period, it’s clear the Dens gaffer has put his own stamp on the side, though he admits he’s still got work to do on that front.

He said: “The squad has evolved since I came in.

“A lot of those boys that were here when I came in served me great.

“When I’ve asked them to come in and do a job, they gave me everything but a lot of those boys have decided, when they’re not featuring regularly, they want to move on, and have.

“I’m still looking to bring in some more but I’m pleased with the group I have just now.

“You want to mould a team and how it wants to play and it has to be your team – there’s no point coming in and trying to use the previous manager’s ideas and ways he wants to play, it has to be your own.

“I’m getting to the stage where I’m seeing things coming, but we need to bolt lots together because we’re far from the finished article.”

Neil has been clear in his pursuit of further options at left-back and up front.

Former Morton defender Mark Russell is in on trial along with former West Brom forward Adil Nabi. Croatian striker Stipe Plazibat hasn’t done enough to earn a deal after his trial ended.

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