U's keen on Dundee keeper

COLCHESTER United manager Paul Lambert's quest for an experienced goalkeeper has seen him turn to his native Scotland.Lambert is keen to sign 37-year-old custodian Rab Douglas from Dundee, although the Dens Park club are adamant that he is going nowhere.

Carl Marston

COLCHESTER United manager Paul Lambert's quest for an experienced goalkeeper has seen him turn to his native Scotland.

Lambert is keen to sign 37-year-old custodian Rab Douglas from Dundee, although the Dens Park club are adamant that he is going nowhere.

Mark Cousins is the only senior keeper on the U's books, following Dean Gerken's transfer to Bristol City on a two-year deal last week. Cousins, 22, had only made two substitute appearances before last season.


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A new keeper, as well as a new striker, are therefore top of Lambert's wish-list.

Carlisle keeper Ben Williams was on the verge of signing for the U's last week, only for a proposed part-exchange deal with Scott Vernon to fall through when the striker opted to stay at the Community Stadium.

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The failure to sign ex-Manchester United trainee Williams was a blow, encouraging Lambert to turn his attention north of the border to Douglas, whom he signed on a short-term loan at Wycombe during his spell in charge at Adams Park.

Dundee boss Jocky Scott is not amused by the U's reported interest in his former Scottish international keeper.

Scott said: “Rab (Douglas) signed a new two-year deal just before the end of last season so he is going nowhere.”

The Lanark-born custodian made a name for himself at Celtic, between 2000 and 2005, and so was a team-mate of Lambert (1997-2005).

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