It is fair to say that the last few years have not been that successful for Scottish Championship side Dundee.
They have been left in the slipstream whilst literal neighbours Dundee United have returned to the Scottish Premiership.
They seem to want this to come to an end though, and have made a recent high-profile signing in their attempt to return to the top level of Scottish football.
Returned to Scotland after a decade plus
That player is Charlie Adam. In what is a perhaps surprise move has returned to the Scottish game by signing a two-year deal at Dens.
The signing is perhaps a bit of a surprise as Adam has been out of the Scottish game for so long. He hasn’t played in Scotland since leaving Rangers in 2009.
However, BBC Sport reports that as he is from Dundee, family reasons are why he has returned to Scotland.
Adam has had an interesting career. He probably played his best football at Blackpool. With Blackpool, he almost on his own kept the team in the Premier League, before they were relegated.
That won him a move to Liverpool, that didn’t really work out. However, he is still an accomplished player with a big personality.
It should not be forgotten that he won a trophy at Liverpool, the League Cup in 2012.
Adam seems like the ideal player to kickstart Dundee’s attempts to get back into the Scottish Premiership.
Has experience and personality Dundee need
He is a player who has played at the highest level in both England and Scotland, and will have the experience and personality that a team like Dundee needs.
The fact that he has signed a two-year deal is also intriguing. It shows that the player is committed to Dens until he will be 36 years old.
Maybe if Dundee get promoted by then Adam will decide to play in the Scottish top flight for the first time in over a decade.
It won’t be easy for Dundee to win promotion this season in the truncated Scottish Championship. Hearts will definitely be favourites to be promoted. Inverness will be in contention as well.
However, if Dundee want to get promoted, then Adam is the type of signing that can kickstart the campaign and help lead a revival of the Dens Park club.