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Drama For Dundee On Transfer Deadline Day

A fantastic win on Saturday against Hamilton saw us net a 98th minute winner. On Tuesday, in the Scottish Cup fourth round replay, we beat Inverness for the first time ever at the Tulloch Stadium to set up a tie with Motherwell at Dens.

Confidence was running high and we were all looking forward to the clash with bottom of that table Ross County at the weekend with our eyes gazing onto the three points and a move closer to the top six.

Then the transfer deadline day happened.

On loan midfielder Scott Allan left the club as did defender Jack Hendry. Allan has shown the past few games just how good he can be. His vision and creativity has been head and shoulders above everyone else in the squad.

The player who we will miss most though is Hendry at the back who has been in fantastic form for us. I’ve made this prediction before but this laddie will play for Scotland one day.

It was bizarre transfer involving three clubs. Ourselves, Celtic and Hibernian. We had already loaned goalkeeper Scott Bain to Hibs but now Celtic were on the look out for one and with Brendan Rodgers being a fan of him, decided he wanted him. Bain had yet to make an appearance for Hibs so was free to do so.

On the other hand, Hibs wanted Scott Allan who was on loan to us from Celtic. No doubt keen for this to go though, Hibs offered us their front man Simon Murray to push through the deal. A player that quite a lot of the support absolutely hate because his previous club was Dundee United.

Then we had Celtic bidding again for defender Jack Hendry. As soon as all of this was announced, it just felt like we would be the ones who would come off worse on the playing side.

It dragged on and on, right up to 23:58 when the first tweet speculating that everything had been agreed and then each clubs account started to announce deal after deal. It felt like a big boot in the ‘baws.’

The club announced it was a record transfer fee received for Hendry which is rumoured to be £1.5million plus add ons but we will never know as it was listed as undisclosed.

It was a great fee to receive for a player that has only been for us for around six or seven months this. From a business view, it’s tremendous.

What leaves me deflated is the fact we never brought in replacements for the loss of Allan and Hendry. Did we have targets lined up? Did the time of the announcement scupper any potential moves? Or do we think we can carry on without them? God knows but both will be a huge loss.

Our hands were tied with Allan as he wasn’t our player but as soon as it became clear that we would struggle to replace any of them I would have told Celtic ‘Thanks but no thanks, we can talk in the summer’ with regards to Hendry.

Then again, did the player and his agent push the deal? There are so many, ifs, buts and maybes and that’s what I think makes it even more frustrating for myself.

We are in a relegation battle and our team has been weakened.

So what next for the Dee? Well it’s business as usual this Saturday. I’ve voiced my opinion, had a wee moan about it, as have others but now it’s time to get back to supporting the team.

It’s a massive game against Ross County, even more so after the events of Wednesday. We need them to show that they can handle the loss of Hendry and Allan better than myself and some of the fans have!!

Joking aside, it won’t be the first time and certainly not the last that we will be delivered a few body blows like this. The loss of Jim Hamilton and Neil McCann to Hearts back in 1996 set me up for this type of disappointment in life!

Lastly, I feel I have to touch on the subject of Simon Murray. The announcement of his signing was met with some disapproval from Dundee supporters. Many fans see him as a massive Dundee fan who turned to the dark side to play for Dundee United.

Some have vented their anger at his signing but we can’t let that get in the way when he starts pulling on a Dundee top from now until the end of the season. I’ll hold my hands up and even say I’ve been one to throw out the odd comment here and there when he played for United but now he’s part of our team and he needs our support, he will get that from me 100%.

Most people have seen his signing as a positive, which far out ways the negative ones. We needed a striker and got one and that’s pleased the majority of the support.

He will have to atone for his sins for donning the tangerine colours of our neighbours and he can redeem himself by knocking in the goals starting this Saturday.

Now excuse me while I go search my Twitter to delete some Simon Murray tweets.




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