Dundee: Nelson delighted with new striker partner Johnson

Dundee striker Andrew Nelson is delighted that new strike partner Danny Johnson’s career at Dens Park is off to a scoring start

Johnson, signed on a two-year deal from Motherwell, started up-front alongside Nelson in a 1-0 win over Inverness Caledonian Thistle in the League Cup last Sunday. Not only is Newcastle-born Nelson happy his partner scored, he is also happy that Middlesbrough lad Johnson has an accent he can understand.

“Danny is from my way, so it is nice to have,” he said.

“Obviously we’ve got Jordan (Marshall) who is from Newcastle, Danny is originally from Middlesbrough which is only 20 minutes away from me.

“So, it is nice to have someone I can actually understand a bit now as well.”

Joking aside, Nelson has been impressed with Johnson in training.

“Danny has come in and he has shown what he is about,” he said.

“In training he is sharp, he is scoring goals in training and you think, ‘well if you can do that in the games great because that will help everyone else’.

Johnson joins as one of the two strikers that Dundee boss James McPake was looking to add to the squad. McPake is still in the market for another striker and confirmed his interest in Aberdeen’s Stevie May. Nelson is pleased that the addition of Johnson has bolstered the manager’s options.

“Hopefully now we’ve got options,” he said.

“So that if things do go worse for wear where one of us gets injured or suspended etc. there are at least options to change things up and go with different setups.

“So that is obviously a benefit as well.”

Dundee will kick off the Scottish Championship season on Friday evening with a visit to Dunfermline’s East End Park. Nelson has personal reasons for wanting a win but is eager for Dundee to show their league rivals what the new squad is all about.

“We want to set a marker down in the league to everyone else that is out there that we are not messing about,” he said.

“We are going to go there and give it our all basically.

“For me it is a bit personal as well because I had a bit of a rivalry with Dunfermline when I was at Falkirk.

“My first game for Falkirk was at Dunfermline so there will be a nostalgic feeling.

“So, I am hoping I can go this time and make it right unlike the last time when unfortunately, we lost out, but like I said we want to set a marker down for everyone else in the league to show that we aren’t messing about this season.”

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