Dens boss to trim squad be­fore trip

Evening Telegraph (First Edition) - - Uk World Today - By GE­ORGE CRAN

DUNDEE boss Neil McCann is look­ing to trim his squad ahead of their pre-sea­son trip to Por­tu­gal next month.

The Dark Blues yes­ter­day an­nounced their train­ing camp in the Al­garve which starts on Wed­nes­day, July 4.

While there they will take on Por­tuguese sec­ond-tier side SC Farense at the Es­ta­dio Mu­nic­i­pal de Al­bufeira on July 10 be­fore head­ing back to Dundee the fol­low­ing day.

That leaves j ust t hree days be­tween their re­turn and the Bet­fred Cup kick­ing off on Satur­day, June 14 at Stir­ling Al­bion.

And, with 26 first-team squad mem­bers on the books right now, the Dens man­ager is keen to cut that num­ber to give him the op­por­tu­nity to run the rule over tri­al­ists while in Por­tu­gal.

Man­ag­ing di­rec­tor John Nelms last month ad­mit­ted the club went “over the ball” with the amount of play­ers signed in help­ing Neil in his first sea­son as man­ager and added more play­ers to the squad than they would have liked.

With a num­ber of fringe play­ers around the squad, any chance to trim the size of the squad will be taken.

Some departures may be out of the man­ager’s hands.

Glen Ka­mara comes to mind with a num­ber of clubs in­ter­ested in adding him to their squad for the next cam­paign.

Newly-rel­e­gated English Cham­pi­onship side Swansea have been cred­ited with an in­ter­est, as have Celtic and Rangers.

Oth­ers that could de­part in­clude mid­fielder James Vincent, who spent the sec­ond half of last sea­son on loan at Dun­fermline and was sur­plus to re­quire­ments last cam­paign af­ter fea­tur­ing early on.

For­ward Faissal El Bakhtaoui, mean­while, has been ru­moured to be re­turn­ing to the Pars af­ter only six league goals in two sea­sons, and none in 2018.

With a goalscorer on the wish list, he could be al­lowed to move on and a step down to the Cham­pi­onship would be likely.

Another in the same boat is striker Mar­cus Haber. He’s ex­pected to re­turn to train­ing when the team meet next week for pre-sea­son af­ter a lengthy spell on the side­lines fol­low­ing back surgery. When he was fit, he fell be­hind Sofien Moussa in the peck­ing or­der.

Doubts re­main over Randy Wolters while young­sters Matty Hen­vey and Jesse Cur­ran are still to sign new deals.

Dundee man­ager Neil McCann would like to trim his squad be­fore they head for a train­ing camp in Por­tu­gal at the start of next month.

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