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Paul Hartley did a tremendous job last season guiding the newly promoted side to a top-six finish and having strengthened in a few positions he’ll fancy his chances of replicating the feat. Former Rangers and Falkirk forward Rory Loy is also a useful addition.

They’ve added some firepower upfront with the signing of Kane Hemmings from Barnsley who will be reacquainted with former Cowdenbeath striking team-mate Greg Stewart.

Nick Ross and Nicky Low provide depth in the middle of the park while they’ve signed the biggest name in Scottish football – Julen Extabeguren Leanizbarrutia, a former Real Sociedad defender who played at East Fife last season.

Similar to their city rivals United, Dundee struggled for consistency last season but they have a strong enough squad to have realistic ambitions of reaching the top six again.

In: Kane Hemmings, forward (Barnsley); Nick Ross, midfielder (Inverness Caledonian Thistle); Rory Loy, forward (Falkirk); Kevin Holt, defender (Queen of the South, compensation); Nicky Low, midfielder (Aberdeen); Daryll Meggatt, defender (Alloa Athletic); David Mitchell, goalkeeper (Stranraer); Julen Etxabeguren Leanizbarrutia, defender (East Fife).

Out: David Clarkson, forward (Motherwell); Martin Boyle, forward (Hibernian); Kyle Benedictus, defender (Raith Rovers); Kyle Letheren, goalkeeper; Jamie Reid, midfielder (Arbroath); Calum Brodie, goalkeeper (Arbroath); Jim McAlister, midfielder; Paul Heffernan, forward; Iain Davidson, midfielder; Kevin McBride, midfielder. Loan: Craig Wighton, forward (Raith Rovers). Alex Harris, midfielder (Hibernian, loan ended).