Spence be­lieves he can reach top

Evening Telegraph (First Edition) - - Uk World Today - BY CALUM WOODGER

DUNDEE young­ster Lewis Spence has been in sparkling form since break­ing into the first-team pic­ture against Rangers at the start of Septem­ber.

In the five games since, the 21-year-old has proven to his fel­low pros, fans and pun­dits alike that he can cut it in the Scot­tish Premier­ship.

The ex-Dun­fermline and Brechin City mid­fielder is happy to be play­ing in Dundee but has his sights set on a ca­reer at the high­est level pos­si­ble.

“I’m en­joy­ing first-team foot­ball,” Spence said “I’ve had a good run of games now. “Play­ing in the Premier­ship has been great, it’s where I want to be so it’s been good.

“It’s faster and there’s more tac­ti­cal stuff you need to pick up.

“Off the park it’s a bit more strict but the stan­dard is higher play­ing against Celtic, Rangers and Aberdeen.

“I feel I’ve done well so far but I’m still adapt­ing to it.

“I’ve known the gaffer for a num­ber of years now. He’s put a lot of faith in me so I’m just try­ing to re­pay him.

“I be­lieve in my own abil­ity as well. From a young age I knew I could play at this level and I want to play at a higher level too.

“I need to thank the gaffer and Dundee for giv­ing me a chance.

“I don’t know if it’s my abil­ity or just sheer will to win but he saw some­thing to bring me up here and I think my per­for­mances on the park are show­ing that.”

The young­ster is a con­fi­dent sort and not just in his own abil­ity.

He is adamant the Dark Blues have what it takes to cause an up­set to­mor­row as they travel to Park­head to face cham­pi­ons Celtic.

Spence said: “Away to Celtic is al­ways a tough ask but we’re re­ally look­ing for­ward to it.

“They’re a top team on 58 games un­beaten but records are there to be bro­ken. We’re look­ing to be the team to do that.

“There’s no bet­ter way to do it than on their home turf.

“The full team has to be on it to­mor­row and hope that Celtic have an off-day.

“We can take pos­i­tives from Hibs and St John­stone go­ing there and get­ting draws.

“We want to go there and do bet­ter though. We want to win and put on a good show as well.

“We’re tak­ing it game by game at the mo­ment.”

Dundee mid­fielder Lewis Spence is grate­ful for his run in the first-team and is de­ter­mined to make the most of his chance.

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