Rangers head of youth moves to Dens Park.
Ibrox coach to take over as Dundee’s head of youth
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.
Dundee FC’s new signing Andrew Davies at Dens Park.
Lewis Spence has joined Ross County after leaving Dundee.