Ross Callachan: St Johnstone midfielder joins Dundee on loan

Ross Callachan hopes to revive his career after sealing Dundee loan switch
Ross Callachan hopes to revive his career after sealing Dundee loan switch
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Dundee have added St Johnstone's Ross Callachan on loan until summer after Hearts "changed the goalposts" in their quest to re-sign Craig Wighton.

Midfielder Callachan moved to Perth from Hearts 18 months ago and was a regular last term but his only top-flight start this season was in August.

The 26-year-old is in the Championship side's squad for Saturday's Scottish Cup tie against Motherwell.

"I want to get my career on the road again," Callachan said.

"Hopefully I can help the team get to the play-offs and get promoted."

Callachan's arrival comes after Dundee manager James McPake said the club will not be "bullied" by other clubs.

Dundee were priced out of a deal for former Dens Park striker Wighton, 22, who is not part of new Hearts manager Daniel Stendel's plans and has 18 months of his Tynecastle deal remaining.

"People think that because it is Dundee you can pay more," McPake told BBC Scotland.

"We are not going to be bullied from any club just because Craig has been a Dundee player, or just because we are the bigger club that is chasing Craig, and they changed the goalposts for us.

"We have got what we believe is a way of doing things and it is not going to change just because a club feel that we can pay more money than we are offering."

Dundee, who sit fourth in the second tier, host top-flight Motherwell in Saturday's Scottish Cup fourth-round tie live on BBC Scotland.

McPake hopes to retain former Scotland midfielder Graham Dorrans, despite the 32-year-old recently holding talks with English League One side MK Dons.

"I don't need to ask him, no news is good news," McPake said. "I'm avoiding him, just saying 'good morning' and 'see you later' to him, and talking to him on the training pitch.

"Graham is an ultimate professional, whatever is going on in his head. He will be playing live on TV on Saturday night for Dundee."

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