CRAIG Tanner has scaled the heights off the pitch since moving to Scotland, and after settling well since his move north from Plymouth, is well on his way to repeating the feat on the field with Motherwell.

The Fir Park attacker has found a rich vein of form of late, and he puts that down in part to how much he is currently enjoying his life away from the day job.

He has loved exploring the country recently with defender Richard Tait and their partners, and hopes that they can have another enjoyable day on their travels today when the pair join their teammates at Dens Park to take on Dundee.

“It’s been really enjoyable up here,” said Tanner. “I’ve settled in well both on and off the pitch. I couldn’t be happier at the moment to be honest.

“Me and Richard Tait and our two girlfriends were up north for a weekend there. It was right up the top of Scotland and we climbed a few mountains, so that was good. It was at Applecross Bay. I really enjoyed it.

“I get bored and restless, so I try to venture out. We’ve done Ben A’an and all of that, and Ben Lomond is next on the list.”

Motherwell manager Stephen Robinson needn’t worry about these off-field exertions affecting Tanner’s performances, with the 23-year-old flourishing in his position just off the front pair of Nadir Ciftci and Curtis Main.

And Tanner believes that the regular football he is currently enjoying is helping him to produce his best form.

“At the end of the day, it is down to me to keep performing in order to give the manager a headache over whether to put me in or not,” he said.

“Game time comes with confidence and confidence comes with game time, so the more you play, the better you feel.

“Whatever team he puts out though is the best team to win that game, and no matter what, whether I’m on the bench or not on the bench, I’ll give my all.”

The sight of Tanner’s name on the teamsheet today should send something of a shiver through Dundee spines, given that he has scored in each of the three matches he has played against Neil McCann’s men so far this season, but Tanner himself played down any notion of him having an Indian sign over today’s opponents.

“I don’t know if it works like that, sometimes you just get the luck,” he said. “The ball has fallen for me in the right areas and I’ve managed to stick it away.

“Obviously, I’m very happy that I’ve contributed by scoring goals for Motherwell, and hopefully I can continue to do that in every game.”

Allan Campbell comes back into contention for Motherwell after missing last week’s defeat to Kilmarnock, while Liam Grimshaw and Elliott Frear will be given every chance to shake off their respective knocks.