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Dundee bring three into squad

Newly-promoted Dundee have strengthened their squad for the Scottish Premiership campaign with the capture of three players.

Goalkeeper Scott Bain, defender James McPake and midfielder Kevin Thomson have all been added to manager Paul Hartley's squad.

Bain came through the youth system at Aberdeen, when Hartley was at Pittodrie, and the pair were reunited when the former Scotland midfielder took charge of his previous club Alloa.

The 22-year-old impressed with Alloa throughout his three seasons there and was a stand out in the side as they gained back-to-back promotions and secured their SPFL Championship status last season.

McPake and Thomson were among a host of Hibernian players released from Easter Road earlier this week following the club's relegation to the Championship.

The pair will not be dropping down a level though and have a chance to revive their careers in the top flight with the Dark Blues.

Thomson also played for Rangers and Middlesbrough in between his spells with Hibs, and the 29-year-old won three caps for Scotland.

McPake, who has been capped once by Northern Ireland, endured a miserable final campaign with Hibernian and only played six games because of injury.

Speaking to the club's official 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."