Rangers head of youth moves to Dens Park.

Ibrox coach to take over as Dundee’s head of youth

The Courier & Advertiser (Dundee Edition) - - FRONT PAGE - ERIC NI­COL­SON

Dundee have re­cruited Stephen Wright from Rangers to be their new head of youth, Courier Sport can re­veal.

The ap­point­ment is a coup for the Dark Blues given the for­mer Scot­land in­ter­na­tional’s rep­u­ta­tion in academy foot­ball.

He is cur­rently head of the in­ter­me­di­ate academy with the Glas­gow club but has been per­suaded to move to Dens Park and is set to start work next month after serv­ing his no­tice with Rangers.

Wright had a suc­cess­ful play­ing ca­reer at Ab­erdeen, Rangers and Dundee United, among oth­ers.

The Dundee job will see him link up again with Jim McIn­tyre, who ap­pointed him as a first team coach at Dun­fermline Ath­letic a decade ago, then as head of youth de­vel­op­ment at the club.

Wright was sub­se­quently re­spon­si­ble for set­ting up the Fife Elite Academy.

Dundee boss Jim McIn­tyre has bol­stered his squad with the ad­di­tion of ex­pe­ri­enced cen­tre-half An­drew Davies and keeper Seny Dieng.

Davies, who has played for a host of clubs in­clud­ing Mid­dles­brough, Derby County and Southamp­ton, left Hartle­pool United ear­lier this week with his con­tract ter­mi­nated by mu­tual con­sent.

The Dens man­ager ad­mit­ted on Tues­day that he was in­ter­ested in sign­ing a player he knows well from their time to­gether at Ross County and Davies has now put pen to pa­per on an 18-month deal with the Dark Blues.

The de­fender was skip­per of the Stag­gies when they lifted the League Cup un­der McIn­tyre in 2016 and he brings a wealth of ex­pe­ri­ence to Dundee as they look to haul them­selves off the foot of the Premier­ship ta­ble.

Dieng has joined on loan from Queens Park Rangers for the rest of the sea­son.

The 24-year-old has re­cently been play­ing for Steve­nage in the Eng­lish League Two.

Dieng was born in Zurich, Switzer­land, but is of Sene­galese de­scent. He be­gan his ca­reer at FC Red Star Zurich and made his pro­fes­sional de­but at the age of 15.

Mean­while, as one for­mer Ross County player joined Dundee, an­other ex-Dark Blue signed for the Stag­gies in the shape of Lewis Spence.

The mid­fielder penned an 18-month deal with the High­land club yes­ter­day after agree­ing his re­lease from Dens on Wed­nes­day night.

The 22-year-old had been told he was free to leave by McIn­tyre, but says he was quickly made to feel wanted by Stag­gies co-man­agers Stu­art Ket­tlewell and Steven Fer­gu­son.

Spence said: “I left Dundee on Wed­nes­day night, I signed all the stuff to ter­mi­nate my con­tract be­fore get­ting all this done.

“Ob­vi­ously the new man­ager has come in and I’m just not his cup of tea. That’s foot­ball, there’s no hard feel­ings.

“I’m not bit­ter, he told me straight up. I’m happy to just sign with an­other team.

“One of the main things about the man­agers here was how they re­ally wanted me to come in.

“When I came up here a cou­ple of days ago for a few chats, I felt re­ally good about the place.

“When some­body is want­ing you that much, it made my de­ci­sion re­ally easy.

“I’m re­ally happy to get on the train­ing park now and get play­ing.”

Spence made 37 ap­pear­ances in 18 months after join­ing Dundee from Dun­fermline in sum­mer 2017, and de­spite get­ting a taste of top-flight foot­ball, the Kirk­caldy-born player in­sists he has no qualms about step­ping back down to the Cham­pi­onship.

He added: “It’s a step down a league but Ross County were in the Premier­ship last sea­son, so I don’t re­ally see it that way.

“I en­joyed my first sea­son at Dundee un­der Neil McCann when I played more games. It was not the great­est sea­son as a club, but per­son­ally I en­joyed play­ing in the Premier­ship for the first time.”

One man who will not be mov­ing to Dens is for­mer Dundee United player Michael Gar­dyne.

The wide man has in­di­cated to Ross County that he wants to stay where he is.

Stephen Wright: Back with Jim McIn­tyre.

Pic­ture: David Young.

Dundee FC’s new sign­ing An­drew Davies at Dens Park.

Lewis Spence has joined Ross County after leav­ing Dundee.

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