Reinforcements a priority for Smith

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Barry Smith is ready to bolster his Dundee squad
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Barry Smith is ready to bolster his Dundee squad

Dundee manager Barry Smith is hoping to add another couple of players to his squad over the coming days as they bid to cope with life in the Clydesdale Bank Premier League.

Last season's Irn-Bru First Division runners-up replaced stricken Rangers in the top-flight, after the Glasgow giants were voted into the Third Division when the club was consigned to liquidation. Dundee began their SPL campaign with a respectable goalless draw at Kilmarnock but Smith is keen to strengthen further for the challenges ahead.

He said: "If you look at my bench, I had four under-21s and one on the pitch. These boys haven't really played in the First Division so to throw them into the SPL is a massive ask."

Smith added: "We think they are capable but we are looking for guys who can play at that level. We are always looking and hopefully in the next couple of days we will get a couple more in but that's not guaranteed."

Killie were without Paul Heffernan, who has a broken collarbone, for the visit of Dundee, while last season's star man Dean Shiels sealed a move to Rangers this week.

Assistant boss Jimmy Nicholl said: "It was frustrating because we would have liked to score goals.

"We don't have Heffernan and Dean Shiels - and that's 30-odd goals and assists for the team.

"We were hoping we would get a bit of joy.

"We knew what our problems were going to be and we just couldn't score when we were on top.

"It was disappointing to be honest with you."

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