Dens boss to trim squad before trip
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.