By Will Butcher

Dundee skipper James McPake is adamant that his teammate Greg Stewart will hit the ground running if he moves to the Championship amid interest from Leeds.

Stewart spoke to the Edinburgh Telegraph last month of his excitement at Leeds’ interest, as manager Garry Monk looks to continue his Elland Road overhaul.

Speaking to the Dundee Evening Telegraph, former Coventry defender McPake described Stewart as an intelligent footballer, and is desperate to see him stay in with the Dark Blues.

“I’ve played in the league which is being spoken about and Greg will handle that no problem,” McPake said. “He’s a very intelligent footballer and no matter where he goes he will not be out of place.

“I felt as soon as I saw him he would be destined to move on to a very high level. Do I want it to happen now? No, I want him to be part of our team for the rest of the season.”

Stewart, 24, has generated interest from down south after rejecting a new and improved contract at Dens Park, with less than 12 months remaining on his current deal.

The uncapped Scotsman has an excellent scoring record from a wide position, netting 24 goals in 71 appearances for Paul Hartley’s side over the last two years and continuing to be a major goal threat from the flank.

The striker was signed two years ago from Cowdenbeath, and has since been named runner up to the PFA Scotland Players’ Player of the Year award in both seasons with the Dark Blues.

In other Leeds transfer news, manager Garry Monk has made his seventh signing of the summer.