McIntyre feels there is better balance in Dundee squad

Dundee manager Jim McIntyre believes that his squad is better equipped to face the challenge of avoiding relegation now that the January transfer window is shut.

The Dens Park club were very busy during the transfer window with 12 players leaving the club and 11 new faces brought in. Despite the stresses of trying to rebuild his squad during the traditionally difficult January window, Jim McIntyre is delighted with his new look team.

“I am delighted,” he said.

“Obviously it has been a busy month for us and it is never easy in the January window, but I am really pleased with the additions that we’ve made.

“I feel the squad now has a far better balance about it and a far better depth within the squad, which is so important because we do need to have an influence coming off the bench as well.

“So, we’ve got that competition for places that we’ve not had, and it was so important that we added that.

“We’ve signed some very good technical players.

“We’ve obviously went for a more British-based squad and I am looking forward to working with the guys.”

It is possible that all of McIntyre’s 11 new signings could play a part in Saturday’s potentially massive trip to relegation rivals Hamilton Accies and McIntyre is in no doubt about how big this game could be.

“We’ve got a huge game tomorrow,” he said.

“It is the proverbial six-pointer as they say.

“They’ve made big changes themselves not only to their squad but obviously to their manager this week.

“So, we know we are going to be facing a really difficult match, but it is up to us to go there and put our game onto them.

Hamilton Accies will be hoping for the new manager bounce having replaced their manager in the past week, however McIntyre is focused on ensuring that any bounce takes place after the two sides meet.

“I am sure that is exactly what they’ll be looking for,” he said.

“Brian Rice is somebody I know very well, he is an excellent coach and I’m sure he’ll do a good job there, but it is our job to make sure that it is after Saturday.”

Meanwhile, Dundee have no fresh injury concerns other than long-term injured duo of Josh Meekings and Andrew Davies.

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