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Dundee make a trio of signings ahead of Premiership season

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Dundee have bolstered their ranks with three signings ahead of their summer pre-season plans.

Former Hibernian duo Kevin Thomson and James McPake, who were shown the door at Easter Road following the club’s relegation, have signed two year deals with the Dens Park side.

And Dundee manager Paul Hartley has raided former club Alloa Athletic for goalkeeper Scott Bain. The 22 year old has signed a three year deal with the Championship title winners.

Speaking to the official club website, McPake said: “My agent spoke to Paul on the Monday and I went up and I met Paul on the Tuesday.

“I did the medical on the Tuesday and they were happy with their side and I was happy with what I heard in terms of what Paul’s plans were. I was impressed with how he is going to take the club forward.

“I knew at the time Kevin was coming as well which shows the ambition as well for the club getting players of his calibre in. From there it was just getting everything sorted and getting everything done.”

The former Hibernian captain, who was frozen out by manager Terry Butcher after a long term injury, added: “The club were very happy with that and saw my fitness isn’t a problem so it was good and it’s been good to get it all finally sorted.

“I know Dundee is a big club. I’ve played at Dens. I played against Dundee when I was with Livingston and played against them with Hibs.

“For me, it’s back in the SPL again, it’s top-flight football for a club that I think deserves to be there and that’s where they should be.”

Speaking on Thomson joining him at Dens Park, McPake said: “I think he’s one of the best midfielders in Scotland. He proved that last season getting called back up to the Scotland squad. I see him everyday, I see what he can do and he’s a top footballer.

“Paul hasn’t wasted any time getting him signed up, and I’m sure Kevin would have had plenty of interest. You see the clubs he’s played at, with Rangers he played in the UEFA Cup Final, won titles, won cups. Then he’s been down south as well with Middlesbrough.

“He’s a top, top player and he’s a full internationalist as well so I’m delighted he’s going to be here.”

Friday’s triple signing takes the number of new faces at Dens this summer to five following the arrivals of strikers Philip Roberts and Greg Stewart.

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Andy Muirhead is the Editor of Scotzine and the Scottish Football fanzine FITBA. He is the Scottish Football columnist for The Morning Star and has written for a number of other publications including ESPN, Huffington Post UK, BT Life's a Pitch and has had his work featured in the Daily Record, The Scotsman and the Daily Mail.

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