Who is Scottish football’s next big thing? Who could be the next James McFadden or Andy Robertson? Here at Youth Football Scotland we’re casting our eye over the main SPFL teams to find just who’s on the cusp of breaking out, as the kick off to the 2017-18 league season edges ever closer.
In this edition, we will be look at the hot prospects at Dundee.
Mark O’Hara is a 21-year-old midfielder known for his versatility on the football pitch. Despite his age, O’Hara has already earned over 100 SPFL Premiership appearances, for both Dundee and Kilmarnock. It was at the Ayrshire club where after moving through the youth ranks, he made his first team debut at the age of 16, in a 2-0 win over Celtic in 2012.
The boy from Barrhead originally started his career in defence. That changed upon his arrival at Dundee last year when then manager Paul Hartley felt O’Hara would be best suited as an attacking midfielder. Since signing for the Dee, O’Hara notably scored in the 2-1 win against Rangers back in February – a first home league victory over the Gers since 1992. He also scored in his first Dundee Derby yesterday in the League Cup, with his equaliser taking the game to penalties. United took the spoils on this occasion, but O’Hara will be hoping his goal will be a taste of things to come for this coming season as Dundee look to thrive under the new era of Neil McCann.
Glen Kamara, is a 21-year old defensive midfielder, who will be hoping to reignite his once promising career, at Dens Park. The dogged ball-winning player joined Dundee this summer after a five-year spell spent at the youth ranks of Arsenal came to an end.
Kamara, who spent his first 12 years of his life in Finland, left Arsenal after a lack of first team opportunities. His only appearance came in a forgettable 3-0 defeat away to Sheffield Wednesday in the League Cup back in 2015. He also was an unused sub for Arsenal’s Champions League match with Galatasaray the previous year. The Finn was sent out on loan on two occasions, having stints at Southend and Colchester United, yet failed to materialise into permanent moves. Kamara also received a call up to the Finnish national side two years ago.
His time at Arsenal was perhaps a case of bad timing for both parties, but now Kamara will be hoping the move to Dundee will be his chance to display his talent to not only the Dundee faithful but the SPFL Premiership.
Having featured in Dundee’s early League Cup fixtures, manager Neil McCann told the Evening Telegraph: “Glen is terrific. He’s one that has come in and made a real impact.”