Hem­mings can reach the very top, says strike part­ner

The Herald - Herald Sport - - LADBROKES PREMIERSHIP - MARTIN McMIL­LAN

GREG STE­WART reck­ons Dundee strike part­ner Kane Hem­mings is good enough to con­tinue his sharp shoot­ing with Eng­land’s big guns.

The for­mer Rangers young­ster notched his 17th and 18th goals of the sea­son against St John­stone last Fri­day night.

The goals were the lat­est high­light in a hot streak for the English­man which has pro­duced 12 goals in just nine games.

Ste­wart be­lieves if he con­tin­ues to im­prove like he has this sea­son then the 23-year-old front­man could make a re­turn to his home­land to per­form at the high­est level.

Ste­wart, who had pre­vi­ously also linked up with Hem­mings dur­ing their time at Cow­den­beath, said: “I’m de­lighted for Kano. Ev­ery­thing he hits right now seems to be fly­ing in. It’s great for us as a team as we’re reap­ing the ben­e­fits of it.

“You saw from the way he took his se­cond goal against St John­stone how easy it is for him now. He does the same in train­ing ev­ery day. He is scor­ing all sort of goals.

“Kano could one day go back down south and eas­ily play in the Cham­pi­onship or for a top team up here. Is the Premier League some­thing he should be aim­ing for? I don’t see why not. He’s still young and is al­ways learn­ing. He’s a great goalscorer and de­vel­op­ing into an all-round striker.

“His work rate and touch have im­proved since the start of the sea­son al­ready.”

Ste­wart was nom­i­nated for last sea­son’s PFA Scot­land player of the year af­ter hit­ting 15 goals for the Dens Park side.

That kind of form was be­hind spec­u­la­tion link­ing the 25-year-old with his own move away from Tay­side, with re­ported in­ter­est from Rangers.

Mark War­bur­ton opted in­stead to sign the St John­stone at­tacker Michael O’Hal­lo­ran dur­ing last month’s trans­fer win­dow but Ste­wart in­sists his fo­cus never de­vi­ated from Dundee’s cam­paign.

“It is ob­vi­ously flat­ter­ing,” said Ste­wart when asked about the trans­fer ru­mours. “You must be do­ing some­thing right if teams are get­ting linked with you. But it’s not some­thing I over­thought. If some­thing is go­ing to hap­pen, it will. I just wanted to keep do­ing my best for Dundee.

“Hope­fully I’ll con­tinue to do that un­til the end of the sea­son by chip­ping in with a few goals.”

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