In his very short time at Dundee, Senegalese striker Jean Mendy has already shown he can get fans off their seats at Dens Park this season.
And he plans to continue doing that – as well as getting goals – whether he’s playing against Stirling Albion or Celtic, it’s all the same to him.
He told the Tele: “I don’t know the teams at the moment!
“For me, playing Stirling is like playing against Celtic, it’s the same for me – I just play my game, it doesn’t matter, and try to win every game.”
The 28-year-old was delighted to start his career in dark blue with a goal after he knocked in a good strike from the edge of area as his new team began the season with a morale-boosting 4-0 victory at Stirling Albion.
“It was good and we won of course – it’s very important to start winning,” Mendy added.
“It was a little bit hot, I think, on the pitch on Saturday, we could feel it.
“The performance was good, can be better you know, it was the first game but it was good to get the confidence with this game.
“It was great for the team to score a lot of goals and we have shown we have people who can score.
“I was pleased to get the goal, I got the chance and I put it in.
“It was perfect for me to start with a goal and good for my confidence so I’m very happy to start like this.”
Mendy joined the club from Belgian top-flight side Lokeren where he struggled to make an impact.
That was after piling in the goals in the Norwegian lower leagues.
Back in 2012, he banged in 27 goals in 25 league games for Elverum in the third tier before 27 in 52 in the next tier for Kristiansund. A move up to the top flight only brought a return of six in 23 for Sandefjord before returning to Kristiansund and then getting the big move to Belgium.
Manager Neil McCann said he’d been keeping an eye on Mendy’s progress after missing out on him when he departed Norway.
He’s finally got his man and the forward is delighted to be at Dundee, even if he’s not spent much time in the city with the club spending a week-long training camp in Portugal.
He said: “I’ve enjoyed my time so far, it’s a good club with good players, too, and I think this year will be a good one.
“Portugal was a lot of training. That sort of preparation is normal and it was good for us but you feel it when we played the games over there.
“We didn’t get the wins in the friendlies, maybe one win against Sunderland but we lost the last two but they were only friendlies – more important is winning the games when the season begins, like Saturday.
“It was very good to show we are ready.
“There are a few new players, myself as well, and it’s very important for us to get together with the team and start to know each other in training, talk together and know how we all play.
“It’s looking good. We’ll obviously continue to work more but I think the season will be good.”
After starting off Group D with victory, Mendy and his new team-mates take on Dunfermline at home in front of the television cameras on Sunday.
Even if he doesn’t know much about his opponents just yet, Mendy knows the Dundee fans will be expecting a good show from their side and he’s hoping to add to his goal tally.
“I’m looking forward to my first home game this weekend.
“That will be very important in front of our supporters.
“Of course, we want to play a good game, put on a show for the fans and win the game, too.
“We are going for a victory.”