It’s been all fun & games inside the Kilmac Stadium corridors this season, from proving the doubters wrong to video footage from A View From The Terrace with predictions of relegations, boss James McPake & his army of men definitely had doubters.
A dominant & deserved two legged victory over Kilmarnock sealed the deal for Dundee however & a return to the Scottish Premiership, there’s been bumps & tough days but all worth it for success in the end.
On the opening day of the season, a 6-2 defeat to Hearts, words of embarrassing and not good enough were coming out of people’s lips with the majority all sitting on couches due to no spectators predominantly this season.
Draws with Arbroath, Alloa & Morton all saw Dundee fans shouting for McPake to be relieved of his duties, how the language will change now. Throw in a near Scottish Cup exit to Bonnyrigg Rose & you can acknowledge why.
McPake had a process however and the midfield trio of Shaun Byrne, Jordan McGhee & Charlie Adam were instrumental recently and not to mention Paul McGowan who’s been a stalwart for the Dark Blues.
Good recruitment also followed with Jason Cummings & Paul McMullan adding goals, assists & pace with Liam Fontaine & Lee Ashcroft striking up a good partnership defensively.
It’s back to the Premiership with McPake admitting that he’ll remain loyal to his squad but reinforcements are required, especially in full back, striker & goalkeeping areas for various reasons.
Dundee had huge potential with the squad & that potential has turned into success, end of season victories over Raith Rovers & Queen Of The South showed positive signs before a conclusion was reached last time which ended Kilmarnock’s 28 year stay in Scotland’s top flight.
The squad enjoyed a few beverages and will continue to do so for a few days yet but Premiership football for both Dundee clubs is great news for the City of Discovery.