Melville's millions can restore Dundee
Calum Melville has put his money where his mouth is at Dundee.
A lifelong Aberdeen fan, the multi-millionaire responded to the Dark Blues' newspaper advertisement for new investors and Dundee found themselves with a man of sufficient means to ensure that they have out-spent Rangers in the transfer market this season.
Melville, who is listed at being worth around £130m, has been a whirlwind of activity since walking through the doors of Dens Park.
Dundee, previously cash-strapped, snapped up top players from their First Division rivals, like Leigh Griffiths from Livingston and Gary Harkins from Partick Thistle, for a combined outlay of £250,000.
He has also has not been shy of offering opinions, noising up neighbours United, with claims that Dundee are the bigger of the two city sides.
That readiness to pontificate publicly has seen him take his first real flak this week, after telling BBC Scotland that Dundee would bid for former midfielder Scott Robertson, who left them to join up at Tannadice under freedom of contract in the summer of 2008.
The fuss will be a seven-day wonder, and will blow over, albeit with relations between the clubs currently as poor as I can remember.
The key question for Dundee fans though is this. Is Calum Melville the real deal?
Dundee were once the city's establishment club. In the 1950s they had the richest board of directors in the Scottish game.
Since then, their fortunes have been like the Blackpool big dipper. A revolving door saw a succession of owners like Angus Cook, Ron Dixon and The Marr brothers, presiding over a roller coaster ride for the fans, ultimately ending with the club in administration.
Dundee fans, through the Dee for Life campaign, fought and organised with passion and stoic commitment to save their club, and now hope and believe they have a man with the ambition and drive, but most of all, the money, to restore their fortunes.
Melville, lives in Aberdeen. That insulates him from fans if things go badly, yet he also risks losing touch with the feelings of those supporters by not occupying the same day-to-day space.
For the moment, it is academic. Dundee are flying high - top of the First Division and attracting regular crowds of over 5,000.
For Melville and the long-suffering Dens faithful, life is good. Promotion to the SPL would make it infinitely better and bestow hero status on him as a Dark Blues legend.