James McPake is looking to secure a deal that will bring Celtic striker Leigh Griffiths into his Dundee squad – but there will be ‘complicated talks’ (Sun).

The Dundee manager wants to add Griffiths – a former Dens Park striker – before the deadline tonight. All parties are keen to make it happen but it won’t be easy as Tayside chief John Nelms is overseas. It’s expected that it will go into the ‘final hours of the window’ as the Scottish Premiership club look to strengthen. There’s interest from Israel too.

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Dundee want the Celtic forward. (Photo by RUSSELL CHEYNE/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)

But it’s Dundee where Celtic forward Griffiths is keen on going. McPake’s side head into the international break off the back of a 1-0 defeat to Motherwell, the Dee boss commenting: “Saturday is the game we were best in of our first four. That’s tough because we came away with no points from the game.

“That one really hurt because we really should have won. That’s four games and two points from games we feel we should have won. It was just that final ball and taking care. When you come up a level, those chances become limited. But we are still creating them. That’s the pleasing thing.

“The players are resilient and a really good bunch, they’ll bounce back. You could see it from the fans, they showed their appreciation to the players and the players deserved that. On another day that game is won but it’s not another day. We need to pick ourselves up. We have a week to recover for a massive few weeks coming up.”

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