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Dundee FC are a club striving for a dream return to the Premiership next term & enjoyed 8 games unbeaten prior to the recent 3-1 defeat away at Raith Rovers. The time sitting idle will come in handy for boss James McPake however who will be a frustrated figure at not seeing his club kick a ball however a perfect time to transition new signings Jason Cummings, Malachi Fagan-Walcott & Paul McMullan into the philosophy that McPake instills into the Kilmac Stadium outfit.
Storm Darcy hasn’t helped matters on the park either with it being over a month now since the Dens played on home soil with an enthralling Scottish Cup extra time win over Lowland League side Bonnyrigg Rose, that was also the last time Dundee registered a win and an assignment to Dunfermline at the weekend will be tricky but a perfect opportunity for James McPake’s side to find their rhythm again.
Now onto the new signings and the captures of McMullan, Cummings, Fagan-Walcott & Charlie Adam back in the close season are the perfect tooling that Dundee require.
Hearts – with a current 12 point lead at the top of the Championship will be expected to complete the job & go back to the Premiership as Champions which means the play-off route is the more likely road to take & Dundee are more equipped than ever because of the period sitting idle to tackle trying to get back into the top flight for next season.
The two Ms – momentum & mentality are now key for Dundee moving forward, McPake was able to muster a period of both in recent times with that 8 game unbeaten run however the recent performances with Bonnyrigg & Arbroath will have got the coaching staff at Dens onto the drawing board trying to rectify things.
Especially, set-pieces & defensive awareness with Bonnyrigg Rose, Arbroath & Raith Rovers all capitalising on this recently, the good news from that point of view is Lee Ashcroft & Liam Fontaine will be expected to return at the back for McPake this weekend.
Get the consistency right at the back alongside a fit & firing Jason Cummings alongside fellow forward Osman Sow & Dundee have a right promotion fight on their hands.
Don’t forget about Charlie Adam either whose CV speaks for itself & has been a stand-out in the heart of the midfield for Dundee, his leadership, creativity & ability to trouble defences can’t be undermined & is a key member to what happens to Dundee come May.
A lot of games will be coming thick & fast for Dundee now thanks to Storm Darcy it’s important that Dundee continue their fine form which led to so much plaudits over December & January, things are indeed stormy at the minute but there is enough characters in that Dundee changing room to end the season on a high and deliver expectations set out at the beginning of term – Premiership football.