Randy can be smil­ing as­sas­sin for Dundee

Evening Telegraph (First Edition) - - Uk World Today - BY TOM DUTHIE

A SPEC­TAC­U­LAR sec­ond string goal and the smile that ap­peared on his face af­ter it might just have earned Randy Wolters a Dundee start­ing place against St John­stone to­mor­row.

The Dutch winger has taken time to set­tle into Scot­tish foot­ball and ad­mit­ted he was feel­ing homesick when his preg­nant wife re­turned to Hol­land for a visit a few weeks back.

All that, and a ham­string prob­lem, means the 27-year-old has not started for the Dark Blues since the trip to Hamil­ton on Au­gust 12.

Through­out, though, gaffer Neil McCann has backed the for­mer Go Ahead Ea­gles star to come good and the signs are that’s now hap­pen­ing.

Wolters put in a star­ring per­for­mance as the U/20s main­tained their im­pres­sive start to the De­vel­op­ment League with a 4-2 win over Aberdeen on Tues­day.

It saw him grab a spec­tac­u­lar 25-yard goal and an as­sist as he helped the young Dee to their best vic­tory so far.

“Randy had a de­cent first half, but he did re­ally well af­ter the break with his goal, the as­sist and he played very well,” said Neil.

“We have been ask­ing things of him and he’s maybe been lack­ing con­fi­dence but I think he’s ready to kick on now.

“He knows he can of­fer so much more, but I saw a switch go in him dur­ing the U/20s game this week and he looked a dif­fer­ent player. I have so much be­lief in Randy.”

If he does, as looks likely, de­cide to make changes from the side that went down 4-1 at Rangers last Satur­day, the gaffer does have a few op­tions.

With James McPake and Craig Wighton on the long-term in­jury list and Josh Meek­ings, Kosta Gadzhalov and Julen Etx­abe­guren not yet fit enough for first-team ac­tion, he’s still well short of hav­ing a full squad to pick from.

But Scott Al­lan has re­cov­ered from the groin prob­lem that forced him off late in the first half at Ibrox.

And club cap­tain Darren O’Dea is fit enough to start af­ter get­ting 45 min­utes for the U/20s against the Dons, though Neil ad­mits drop­ping ei­ther Jack Hendry or Kerr Wad­dell from the cen­tre of the de­fence would be harsh given their early-sea­son form.

Span­ish de­fender Jon Aurtenetxe also got an hour the other night and could be in­volved at some stage to­mor­row. He is likely to start on the bench.

With Darren O’Dea fit, Neil McCann has de­fen­sive de­ci­sions to make.

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