Dundee manager James McPake is heading over the Irish Sea this weekend on a scouting mission with assistant manager Dave Mackay as the Dens Park side become the latest Premiership club to cast their eyes across the water.

A number of clubs have made signings from Irish football over the last 18 months – most notably St Mirren and Celtic – and McPake and Mackay will take in Sunday’s FAI Cup Final between Bohemians and St Patrick’s Athletic.

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With the Dens Park side struggling at the foot of the table, McPake is eyeing reinforcements, as well as potential pre-contract signings ahead of the transfer window opening in January.

“We are going to a national cup final in Ireland on Sunday, myself and Dave, to look at a few players,” McPake said [Courier].

“We are looking to strengthen.

“Like we’ve done before, there are players we are looking at on pre-contracts as well.

“That has been ongoing for a period of time.”

 

Dundee currently sit just a point above Ross County at the foot of the Premiership table going into the hectic Christmas schedule, with McPake under no illusions that he needs to strengthen.

With nine games over the next five weeks, McPake has warned they need to improve quickly as he challenged his players to build on their impressive recent performance against Jim Goodwin’s St Mirren, adding: “We need to be better than we were in our first round of fixtures, we know that,” he said.

“But we need to build on the St Mirren performance and be better all over the pitch.

“We have been working on that but the proof will be in the pudding.”

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