Dundee recently completed the signing of Shaun Byrne from Livingston. It’s quite a coup for the Dark Blues, considering how good the midfielder has been for Livingston over the past few seasons.

He joins the Dark Blues on a three-year deal, with the option of a further year. Byrne believes it was a good decision to join up with James McPake’s side and is looking forward to his Tayside experience.

A dedicated player to the Livi cause, Byrne is now with the Dee. (photo by David Young/Action Plus via Getty Images)

The midfielder told NTOF: “It was a tough decision to leave Livingston. After speaking to McPake and his plans going forward for Dundee and myself though, something I wanted to do was join this club.

“Dundee are a massive club and I feel they really wanted me at. Teams don’t really pay transfer fees these days so that shows how much they wanted me at the club.

“It’s really important but it will be through hard work that we can get Dundee out of the Championship. Everyone will be pulling in the same direction and working hard to try and get promotion. It’s a challenge I’m looking forward to.”

Livi departure

Having been at Livingston since 2016, it would no doubt have been a tough decision for Byrne to leave West Lothian. He’s been with them all the way from League One to the Premiership.

Byrne’s been with them for three seasons. (Photo by Mark Runnacles/Getty Images)

The fans loved the 26-year-old, with his combative performances and commitment for the club making him a real fans’ favourite.

Byrne says he’s had an brilliant three years with the Tony Macaroni Arena side.

He said: “The changing room at Livingston was unbelievable. Everyone was really close and it was like that since the day I joined. I’ve met friends for life there.

“I’m very proud of the achievements for myself and the club made while I was there. No one would have given us a chance to be promoted from the Championship to the Premiership.

A surprise package. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

“It was an enjoyable three years and it’ll hopefully be more of the same at Dundee.

What the Dee can expect from Byrne and the Dundee derby

On his day the midfielder is excellent. His work off the ball is excellent and if you look close enough, you see he’s not too bad on it either.

It’ll be these qualities Byrne will need if he wants to give his new side the best chance of winning the Dundee derby. The two clubs who are a stone’s throw away from each other will lock horns again this season.

The two Dundee sides will face off this season. (Photo by Jamie McDonald/Getty Images)

Byrne has given NTOF an idea of what Dee fans can expect from him and how big these derby games are.

“The Dundee derbies will be massive games. It’s two big clubs trying to get back into the Premiership, so they will be exciting games.

“I’m a player that will give everything for the club and someone who will try and bring success to it. I’m really looking for the games to start.”

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