Reasons to be cheerful: Allan and Hendry have gone but all is not lost at Dundee

Dundee fans might not be too chuffed with how Wednesday night’s transfer deadline day unfolded, however it’s not all doom and gloom at Dens.

With Jack Hendry’s drawn-out move to Celtic finally completed and fans favourite Scott Allan leaving the club at the last minute offset by the arrival of striker Simon Murray, Dark Blues fans have felt let down by the business done.

The club won’t have had much power to prevent those two leaving but there are concerns the club’s recent good form will come to a shuddering halt with those departures — here’s a few reasons why Dundee can keep things rolling.

Jack Hendry

Celtic’s new signing Jack Hendry

The 22-year-old’s move to Celtic Park was always going to happen this window — the question is how the Dark Blues will cope without him.

Without doubt he’s been their best defender this season and is a massive part in the way manager Neil McCann likes to play out from the back.

It is a position they have plenty of cover in. Josh Meekings, Darren O’Dea and Kerr Waddell have all played since the winter break while Julen Etxabeguren and Kosta Gadzhalov are still options in central defence.

Add in Kevin Holt who can step inside while Cammy Kerr has been used on the right of a back three at times this season.They have also had Dutchman Mart Raterink on trial this week.

Scott Allan

Scott Allan

Allan’s return to Hibs was a surprise after his match-winning performances at Hamilton and Inverness.

However, his parent club Celtic held all the power and there was little Dundee could do to keep him.

What they have managed to secure is Simon Murray on loan until the end of the season — a position Neil was keen to strengthen anyway this window.

Allan’s exit obviously leaves a gap in the creative end of midfield, however for a lot of this season it’s been difficult for the manager to find a place for him in his side.

At times he’s been used on the left, sometimes in the middle, but using Allan’s undoubted attacking talents leaves the side open defensively and Neil had to weigh that up in his decisions to use the playmaker.

What that might do is give the Dark Blues more balance but without the attacking flair and ability to open up defences like Allan can.

The manager still has Glen Kamara, thankfully for Dundee fans the big sides don’t seem to have noticed his excellent work week in, week out in the centre of midfield.

He’s got the ability to create and the manager will be looking for him to step up his assists tally — and maybe add a goal or two.

Paul McGowan is the obvious man to take on Allan’s mantle as creator-in-chief and has been used in behind the striker often this season.

Also in the Dundee ranks are central midfielders Mark O’Hara and Lewis Spence while Roarie Deacon is just returning from injury and, with six months under his belt in Scotland, is expected to push on.

One from left-field might be youngster Jack Lambert who signed a new deal yesterday.

He’s very inexperienced but showed when coming on against Celtic that there’s real talent there and he might just see Allan’s departure as a chance to step up and take a place in the first team.


Players out of contract can still be signed beyond the deadline so all of the club’s business may not be finished.

The club also has also pocketed from Hendry’s sale and months to plan how to spend it.

The question now is: can the players still at the club keep them away from a relegation battle and keep their charge for the top six going?