The Dark Blues will face Aberdeen this Friday in the Scottish Premier League. Neill McCann will be eager to build on the recent wins over Rangers and Ross County, and will be hoping to add few more points on the table and increase the number of clean sheets that the team have started to accumulate.
Dundee have amassed 7 points in the last three games, with a draw against Kilmarnock and back to back wins against Rangers and Ross County which have helped propelled the Dark Blues into 9th position, on goal difference mind you.
What is even more impressive is a Dundee team who were shipping goal like water through a cauldron, have now claimed 2 clean sheets and one goal against in the last three matches. It could be purely a coincidence or due to the change at the back, but a few personnel changes seem to be having a positive effect at the heart of the Dundee defence.
Scott Bain has been dropped surrounding speculation that there has been a falling out between the Manager and the Keeper, and it could very well be that Bain possibly has played his last game in that pink Dundee Goal Keeper strip.
McCann’s faith in the ex-Aston Villa and Cardiff City Elliot Parish seems to have paid off and the gaffer has been quick to praise his new number one. “I have to say Elliot Parish was brilliant with two clean sheets (in three games) and I am buzzing for him because he waited a long time to come in.
Darren O’Dea who has been out due to suspension, will find it hard to walk back into the heart of the Dundee defence when he is again eligible for selection. Hendry and Meekings seem to be forming a solid partnership at the back and McCann will have some tough choices if he is to drop one of them for the Skipper. If it’s not broken, then don’t change it should be the philosophy here and it could be that the Dundee skipper will have to wait for his chance to get back into the team.
Another change has been at the left back position. Kevin Holt who seemed to be number 1 on the team sheet every week has been quietly dropped in favour of the Spaniard Jon Aurtenetxe. The ex-Athletic Bilbao defender who has faced the likes of Messi, doesn’t seems to be phased by anything around him, he calmly and quietly goes about his business in a Dee shirt. It seems a no brainier for the club to get him signed until the end of the season at the very least.
Good news on the injury front. Scott Allan who had been side-lined after surgery to correct a groin injury, looks to be getting back and just lacking match practice. The work rate and pass for O’Hara’s second goal against Rangers shows that we have missed his presence up front.
James McPake was given the all clear earlier this month and has returned to training as he continues to recover from that horrific injury last year.
Derby Hero Craig Wighton is also on the road to recovery after damaging his knee ligaments in an under 20’s game earlier this year. Wighton has tweeted that he is back running again and could be next year before he returns to action for the Dee.