Dundee brought in players from Tottenham Hotspur, Shrewsbury Town and Dundee United during the winter transfer window – and standards have risen in training as a result.

James McPake’s first bit of business was to secure Paul McMullan from rivals United, initially signing a pre-contract across the road before agreeing a loan until the end of the season. Then teenage defender Malachi Fagan-Walcott arrived on loan from Tottenham Hotspur before Jason Cummings penned a permanent Dens deal.

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Cummings is a Dark Blue. (Photo by James Baylis – AMA/Getty Images)

McPake opted for quality over quantity in the winter window and he says his three men have lifted the squad: “We made three real good bits of business for the football club I believe. Jason is a character and we all know that but he is an incredibly hard-worker.

“He’s a good footballer and already I am excited to see what he is going to bring. Without wanting to talk him up too much, we know he is going to bring goals, but I am excited to see him and Paul McMullan work together. Paul created lots of goals for his teammates last season and we are hopeful he can do the same here.


“It’s Malachi’s first loan. You can see he has got an outstanding chance of becoming a real top talent. It’s raised the bar in terms of the level of training and that’s what I was looking to do last January.

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The Tottenham Hotspur youngster is highly-rated. (Photo by James Chance/Getty Images)

“I think getting these three in has boosted the squad. It hasn’t overfilled it but it has added to the squad in terms of quality. We have got a decent number at training every day and we have cover.”

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