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  1. I remember reading in the Evening Telegraph Scott Bain saying he hadn't been approached by McCann regarding signing an extension to his contract (Which runs out next year). Judging by his statements when Hartley was manager, I don't think he was even prepared to speak about signing and would have been off at the end of the season. He seems to be enjoying his football again at Dens which is good for the club, but I am now wondering if he has since changed his mind and would discuss signing a new contract if he was approached by McCann? I know that Celtics manager was bigging him up in the papers, and said papers were saying that he could be a replacement for de Vries, but I have since read that Rodgers and Celtic are saying that de Vries as another year left on his contract after the end of the season and they aren't willing to let him go. Would Bain go to Celtic knowing that he would be third choice just for the money, or would he find another club that would make him their number 1 or stay with Dundee knowing that he will still be playing each week and a shot at a Scotland cap?
  2. “It is hard when you want to be in Scotland squads and you are not,” he admitted. “Personally, I don’t think my performances warranted a call-up. “So for me it is a case of now playing well so that I can’t be ignored. I would like to be banging on the door again. “I am still only 25 so there is time for me yet but it is always there in the back of my mind that I want to be involved. I feel I could be there and that I have the ability to be there. “It is a case of playing well enough that they can’t really ignore you. “The Scotland thing is always something that has been around for me since I have been here. I do want it to come again.” Bain hasn’t been involved in the Scotland set-up since last year when the keeper was on the bench for games against Czech Republic and Denmark but has since found himself out of the picture. Saturdays display was a return to form for the keeper. Dundee fans have come to expect these types of displays from Bain and with the club facing some tough matches after the international break, they will be hoping that form continues and the club can move up the league.
  3. “He’s had a scan and we’re just waiting on the specialist to look at him and get him a date for surgery,” said McCann. “I’m heartbroken for him. He was looking great in pre-season and we’d had good talks about taking himself forward, becoming a big player for the club.” Usually, injuries like this can see the player out of the game for up to a year but normally they be looking to return to action after six months. Meanwhile, Scott Bain admits that Neil McCann was right to cancel the team’s day off last Sunday after underperforming against Buckie Thistle on Saturday and had the full backing of the players. The keeper said: “It was the manager’s decision as he wasn’t happy with the performance but neither were any of the boys. “We still had the chance to win six, seven or 8-0 but their goalkeeper played really well and you have to give him credit. “It can be hard sometimes when you are so many leagues above a team. Maybe at the back of your mind, boys are thinking this is going to be easy. “We caused our own problems in the game and were a bit slack. We didn’t do things properly or professionally enough so the manager was quite right to bring us in and stamp his authority telling us it wasn’t acceptable. “It was not the standard that we have been all pre-season. We have done really well in the games and played some fantastic stuff at times so we need to keep that going no matter who we play. “I think on the whole we were a bit sloppy and we maybe showed a lack of respect which you cannot afford playing anyone and we have to put that right at Cowdenbeath.”
  4. The Dark Blues keeper was in fine form in the Highlands, stopping a penalty and making numerous saves throughout. Both sides started the game brightly in attack and shakily in defence but it was the home side who came closest in the early stages as Carl Tremarco struck the post inside the first 10 minutes. Caley had the next big chance, too, as a hesitant Dundee defence failed to clear allowing Henri Anier a clear sight of goal only for Bain to come to the visitors’ rescue. Marcus Haber had been a handful all game for the Inverness defence and capped an impressive opening half on 37 minutes with a close-range header from Cammy Kerr’s excellent delivery to make it 1-0. And a few minutes later, the Dark Blues were in the driving seat as returning captain Darren O’Dea headed in a Tom Hateley corner to double the lead. It was a good first half for Dundee but they made the worst possible start to the second as Julen Etxabeguren was adjudged to have given away a penalty and former Dundee United striker Billy Mckay knocked it home. The visitors were still a real threat and looked to have grabbed a third to restore their two-goal lead and thought they had it when debutant Henrik Ojamaa tried to bundle across the line before Tom Hateley had an effort blocked. Then with less than 20 minutes to go, it was a case of deja vu as Etxabeguren gave away another penalty – this time for climbing on Anier. Mckay stepped up and placed it to the same side but Bain was ready and made a smart stop. Inverness weren’t finished though and after Bain had made yet another fine save, this time from Mckay, Greg Tansey followed up and made it 2-2. Inverness: Esson, Raven, Tremarco, Warren, Draper, Vigurs (Polworth 85), McCart, Mckay, Tansey, King (Mulraney 85), Anier. Dundee: Bain, Holt, O’Dea, Hateley (Klok 83), O’Hara, Etxabeguren, McGowan, Haber, Ojamaa (El Bakhtaoui 85), Kerr, Gomis.
  5. McCann also spoke about the impact Cammy Kerr has had and that: "Cammy Kerr's rise through the ranks at Dens Park will be a source of inspiration to all the club's young players." Tyrone also went on to report that: "There was a real feeling of positivity on the Dundee training ground this morning, they've certainly done some interesting business so far." In transfer news, Dundee have been linked with midfielder, Andy Halliday and Striker Michael O'Halloran from Rangers. The club have also been linked with Blackpool defender Tom Aldred. He's out of contract and Blackpool have offered him a new deal. Blackburn Rovers, Wigan and Bury are also interested.
  6. The new interim boss’s honeymoon period continued on Saturday at Kilmarnock when his team secured a vital 1-0 win to make it two victories in a row since he took over following last week’s 3-2 triumph on the road at Motherwell. Amazingly, the Killie game was also the first time Dundee had kept a clean sheet this year. That was in no small part due to keeper Scott Bain who made two outstanding saves near the end of the game to deny Killie a draw. The goalie looks like a man transformed since McCann came in but he is not alone with belief once again coursing through the veins of the players. The manager deserves enormous credit for restoring the confidence in squad who looked mentally shattered towards the end of Paul Hartley’s reign in charge. McCann also showed his bravery in his team selection on Saturday. It would have been understandable if he had simply stuck by the players who had beaten Motherwell but instead he shook things up by bringing in Faissal El Bakhtaoui and Cammy Kerr. Once again afterwards, McCann deflected questions about whether he would stay at the club beyond this season. However, if Dundee beat Ross County on Saturday, then the clamour for his appointment to be made a permanent one will become deafening.
  7. The Dark Blues’ goalkeeper isn’t interested in entering talks over a new deal. His current contract still has another season left on it. “Scott has indicated that if he could get a move then he would want a move,” said Hartley. “He’s not been offered terms. We had a brief chat. “He’s got a year left and he wants to see what his options are in the summer. “I’ve not got objections to people wanting to try and better themselves. That’s football. Players come and go all the time. “We said that if the owners offered you an extension, would you be interested? And he said ‘no’. We just have to get on with that. It might not happen, though. “He’s within his rights but he might be with us for the next campaign.” Hartley added: “He has to be playing at the top of his game if he’s going to get a move. That might not be this year. “We’ve got to deal with it and he’s got to remain focused for however long he’s at the club. “We’ll look at every area of the pitch in the summer. We need to bring a few players in."
  8. TheDarkBlues

    Dee Interview: Scott Bain

    Bain made a first league appearance for Dundee in October 2014, when Kyle Letheren was injured during a pre-match exercise. On 6 April 2015, he signed a new contract with Dundee, extending his deal with the club until 2018. On 29 May 2014, Bain signed a three-year deal with Dundee. He made his debut for Dundee on 26 August 2014, in a 4–0 win against Raith Rovers in the Scottish League Cup. Bain made a first league appearance for Dundee in October 2014, when Kyle Letheren was injured during a pre-match exercise. On 6 April 2015, he signed a new contract with Dundee, extending his deal with the club until 2018. Would like to say a big thank you to Scott for taking his time out during this busy week to answer your questions. While I would have loved to presented all your questions, some were just a little risky and I would prefer not to have some lawyers baying for my blood. lol TDB: Which club did you support as a boy and do you still look out for their results/get along to games when you can? Scott: Being from Edinburgh I grew up a Hearts fan, My mates a big fan so sometimes head along with him to games whenever I'm off. Going on Sunday so hopefully be 2 Derby wins in a week for me. TDB: If not a goal keeper what position would/could, you play in the outfield successfully? Scott: I like to think so, probably sitting midfielder! I used to play outfield in training my last year at Aberdeen when there was odd numbers, and did the same when I was away with the Scotland 21s, like to think I held my own. TDB: Who has had the biggest influence on your playing career so far? Scott: I think the Gaffer, I wouldn't be at Dundee if it wasn't for him, so grateful for his belief in me. TDB: Who is your favourite goalkeeper of all time and why? Scott: Casillas & Buffon, they are just chilled and made the game look easy when they were in their prime. I'm a pretty relaxed guy but think these could play the game in their slippers! TDB: How have you found it at Dundee since stepping up and do you think the club are heading in the right direction? Scott: I've taken the step up easier than I thought, I think u always have a wee doubt if u can handle the standard until you play a few games but more than happy with my season. Yes the club are definitely heading in the right direction from what I've seen, the manager will always attract good players. TDB: Given that most of the current team were put together over the summer, how long did it take for everybody to kinda come together and gel as a squad? Scott: Probably our trip away Preseason was when we gelled off the pitch, but of course playing games and with training everyday you gel on the pitch pretty quickly. It doesn't take long with good players. TDB: What targets (if any) are you setting for yourself during your time at Dens? Scott: I don't know, my targets this season was to get in and make the number 1 jersey mine. I'll probably have a think when I'm off in the summer and set a new target. Obviously you always want to be known as one of the best at a club but I have a long way to go till then. TDB: What in your own opinion has been your best performance so far this season and What has been your most memorable save this season?? Scott: I think Celtic away, mainly because it was my first trip to Parkhead. We were unlucky not to take something from the game that day. Most memorable save was probably Aberdeen in the cup, and was probably the one that people stood up and took notice of me with it being on TV. Best win was the Derby without a shadow though amazing night! TDB: Who in your opinion is the best player at the club and who at the club has got the best shot on them in training?? Scott: Kevin Thomson the guy is a class act! He's been unlucky with injuries but we are a different team when he plays and to be honest thought he was the difference in the Derby win! Best shot, probably Greg Stewart he can put the ball where he wants. TDB: Who's the best all round player you have played with? Scott: Thommo again, he would still be in England if he wasn't so unlucky with injuries. Top player TDB: What's the best advice you've been given to improve/progress as a goal keeper? Scott: I can't remember 1 piece of advice, I think the best advice I can give to young keepers is to play games. That's how you learn the game, yes you need the basics but none of that matters if you can't read the game and different situations. TDB: What was the main factor in you deciding to extend your stay at Dens to 2018? Scott: There wasn't 1 factor. Like I said above if I want to fulfil my potential I need to play every week and Dundee is a place I can do that. It's a great club to be apart of ambitious and hopefully exciting times are ahead for the club and the fans. TDB: With the so called big clubs in Scotland ie: Celtic and Rangers, do you think you will ever be interested in ever going to them, or will you stick out your time at Dens and hopefully go down south just like Speroni did? Who is now regarded as a Dee Legend! Scott: Haha! I honestly don't know. As a player you want to play at the highest level possible but I think whatever happens and whatever comes up it has to be right for my career and my progression and like I said Dens is where that is. TDB: What's your favourite album of all time? Scott: Craig David - Born To Do It TDB: Ronaldo or Messi? Scott: Messi TDB: What's your favourite.... Red or Brown sauce? Scott: I'm from Edinburgh so chippy sauce TDB: Do you think Alloa will stay up this season? Scott: I hope so, but will be difficult they have a tough run of games. I think if they had won the cup that could have given them a boost till the end of the season. They have enough good players to stay up TDB: Can I have a hug? (From heatherwhytexx) Scott: Haha yes, Next home game when I'm warming up Thanks to every one participated in this our very first Q&A and a big warm thanks to Scott for answering them.
  9. The 25-year-old has been called up by Gordon Strachan on three previous occasions but separate back and knee problems forced him to pull out on two of those occasions. The former Alloa player was an unused substitute in the outings against the Czech Republic and Denmark a year ago. Bain will be part of a Dundee side that will attempt to compound Rangers’ woes on Sunday following last week’s controversial ‘resignations’ of manager Mark Warburton, number two Davie Weir and head of recruitment Frank McParland. And the shot-stopper is hoping to attract Strachan’s attention in the televised Premiership clash ahead of a friendly against Canada and the vital World Cup qualifier at home to Slovenia in March. Bain said: “As a goalkeeper you want to keep clean sheets but on the whole I think I’ve been playing well, putting in performances and pushing to get in the Scotland squad again. “I’ve had three call ups and two bad injuries that ruled me out. Hopefully, if I’m performing the way I can that will help me.” Bain, whose club side are a point adrift of sixth placed Kilmarnock, added: “As a team it’s been frustrating for us that we’ve had chances to push into the top six, build a gap and chase St Johnstone more. “The league is that tight that two wins and you’re there. We’ve got belief in the squad that we’ll be battling for top six come the end of the season.” Bain insists Dundee have to be wary of a wounded Rangers side following the dugout upheaval at Ibrox. He added: “They’ll probably feel a bit hard done by with their manager going, maybe they feel they’ve underachieved and let him down. “It can definitely go that way. But when you’re playing Rangers at home it’s all about what you do.”
  10. Bain has 18 months left on his Dens Park deal, but is said to have turned down the Dark Blues' offer of an extension. And a source has allegedly told the Daily Record Dundee will have little choice but to let him leave in the summer. It is claimed that Bain, who has twice been drafted into Gordon Strachan's Scotland squad, will have no shortage of suitors, with Celtic and MK Dons both named in the report. Celtic look set to hand a new deal to Craig Gordon after Chelsea failed with a move for the Scotland number one last month. However, with Gordon not getting any younger, and the Blues yet to secure an alternative, it is perhaps wise for the Bhoys to consider alternative options. Bain, 25, began his career at Aberdeen, eventually moving to Dundee via Alloa Athletic in 2014.
  11. This has alerted Scottish giants Celtic and League One club Milton Keynes Dons. It is believed that MK’s Scottish manager, Robbie Neilson, is an admirer of Bain having watched him whilst with Hearts. Bain has turned down the offer of a new contract and there is only one year left on his current deal after this season. Therefore, Dundee might be forced to cash in on the 25-year-old, who many believe should be in the Scotland squad. The Dundee stopper could therefore be on the radar of Milton Keynes in the summer but they will face competition from Celtic. The champions of Scotland can offer Bain the chance to play European football, which might be more appealing than a switch to Buckinghamshire to join Milton Keynes.
  12. A victory for the Dark Blues would see them move eight points ahead of the Highlanders. That means the emphasis will be on getting goals at the Tulloch Caledonian Stadium, making the likes of Marcus Haber, Craig Wighton, Faissal El Bakhtaoui and possibly loan-signing Henrik Ojamaa key men. Midfielder Nick Ross, though, acknowledges the man at the other end of the park from the strikers is likely to prove just as important to the chances of taking three points. He’s highlighted the form of goalkeeper Scott Bain and, after disappointing defeats against St Mirren and Aberdeen in the last two outings, has conceded the rest of the team must do more the help their No 1. “Bainey was unbelievable at Aberdeen on Friday. That’s what he does,” said Ross. “We almost rely on him at times and we’ve got him to thank for keeping the score down up there. “But we’d like him to be quieter, so we need to defend better on the pitch.” Even with Bain’s heroics, there’s no denying Dundee are shipping too many goals right now. There have only been two clean sheets in the last 10 outings and right now they are averaging just shy of two-goals-against per game. Ross knows that is not just damaging hopes of a second top-six finish in three seasons, it’s in danger of dragging Paul Hartley’s team back down into a relegation battle. For him, the positive is the top half of the Premiership remains within touching distance but he is well aware they are not yet far enough away from the bottom to ignore that. “We’ve talked about the top six but we maybe need to start looking behind us as well, because we’re not picking up points,” he added. “We need to get points on the board, and Inverness away is one of the toughest fixtures you can get. “We will really need to be on our game for that.” Former team-mate in the Highland capital, Richie Foran, has not had the easiest start to his managerial career. His 23 top-flight games in charge have yielded just three wins and Caley last picked up a full three points when they beat Motherwell at the end of October. The did, however, beat Dundee at the Tulloch Caledonian Stadium in September. That plus his knowledge of Foran serves as a warning to Ross. “I know the type of character Richie is and he will have his players all fired up. “It’s so tight at the bottom of the table it’s hard to predict who, if anyone, will be cut adrift. “We just need to keep ourselves out of it by putting points on the board. “The last two games in particular have been disappointing. “We haven’t created enough chances and our defending hasn’t been up to standard. “The league table is very tight at the bottom. Every team can beat anyone. “Nobody is certain for the top six other than the top three or four, and nobody is certain for relegation. “We just need to keep scrapping away and win as many as we can.”
  13. The Dark Blues’ number one has clearly had enough in the wake of the 3-0 defeat to Aberdeen on Pittodrie on Friday night and has delivered a brutally frank assessment of where the Dens men are going wrong. Bain, who produced a string of excellent saves to keep the score down to three, branded the display against the Dons as “unacceptable” and argued that some members of Paul Hartley’s side are too willing to put up with poor play from their teammates. Dundee’s own result and the ones that followed on Saturday involving the teams around them saw the Dark Blues drop to ninth spot in the Premiership table – five points ahead of bottom club Inverness Caley Thistle, whom they play in the Highlands this Saturday. That is a massive fixture for the club now, with Dundee having not won on the road since a victory at Hamilton on October 29. Bain insisted that they have to spend all of this week working hard to drastically improve on what they produced against an admittedly slick Aberdeen side. He said: “The performance was really unacceptable, to be honest. “We need to get together and put it right for next week because it wasn’t good enough. “We played well for 15 minutes but the game lasts 90 and towards the end we were all over the place. “We need to take a good look at ourselves and sort out this problem. “We need to get after each other on the pitch. “There is too much acceptance of people not doing their jobs or producing under-par performances. “No one is going to change it but ourselves. “We need to get our act together.” Part of getting the act together involves talking to each other while out on the pitch. Bain added: “Communication is a key thing here. “It is one of the basics of the game and it makes things a lot easier. “Even if there is not enough communication or getting after each other, there has to be enough second balls won. “We were accepting they (Aberdeen) were going to win everything. “It was simply not good enough. “Maybe we need to talk it out. I don’t know – I’m not the manager. “All I can do is go in and work my socks off to help the team. That’s all everyone else should do. “There is the weekend to look at ourselves and then get back to it. “All I know is we need to get back to training on Monday, get our heads down and work harder than we have worked this season to get it right because we are losing too many games. “If you win two or three matches you are in the top six – that’s how tight it is – so we need to get back to winning ways.”
  14. He was linked with Dundee United’s Cammy Bell, the former Rangers and Kilmarnock shot-stopper last week, but has now switched his attention to the highly-rated Dens Park shot-stopper. Paul Hartley, though, will be in no rush to part with the 25-year-old Scotland international squad goalie who is under contract until the end of next season. And as they battle to retain their place in the Premiership, it would be a major surprise if they were to entertain any bids for one of their key players in mid-season. One player moving out, though, is Michael Duffy whose season-long loan deal will be cut short with the left-sided attacker returning to Celtic this month. The Northern Ireland international has only made seven starts since arriving in the summer and has had little game time recently. Meanwhile, the Tayside outfit will be without skipper Darren O’Dea when the Premiership programme resumes against Aberdeen at the end of the month. The centre-half has a one-match suspension to serve and that will keep him out of the Friday night visit to Pittodrie. The former Republic of Ireland international is eligible for the Scottish Cup clash with St Mirren a week earlier.
  15. TheDarkBlues

    MK Dons eye up swoop for Dundee keeper Bain

    Last week their new manager, former Hearts head coach Robbie Neilson, was linked with a move for Dundee United’s in-form goalie Cammy Bell. It was quickly made clear by Tangerines boss Ray McKinnon that Bell was going nowhere. And that could prompt Neilson to head a few yards up the road and try to capture Dundee’s Scott Bain instead. It looks very likely, though, such a move would also meet with failure. Dundee have the highly-rated 25-year-old under contract until the end of next season. And as they battle to retain their place in the Premiership it would be a major surprise if they were to entertain any bids for one of their key players in mid-season. One player likely to be on the move from Dens is on-loan midfielder Michael Duffy. He is expect to return to parent club Celtic during this transfer window. The Northern Ireland international has only made seven starts since joining up in the summer and has had little game time recently. That will almost certainly see him back at Parkhead before the month is out. Meanwhile, the Dark Blues will be without skipper Darren O’Dea when the Premiership programme resumes at Aberdeen at the end of the month. The centre-half has a one-match suspension to serve and that will be done on the Friday night visit to Pittodrie. He is eligible for the Scottish Cup clash with St Mirren a week earlier. Dundee have set up a friendly against Arbroath next week at Gayfield. The match will be on Tuesday, January 10, kick off 7.45pm.
  16. TheDarkBlues

    Bain display gets praise from Dundee boss

    While the manager wasn’t happy with the loss and the general display of his team, he couldn’t point the finger at his goalie. The former Alloa Athletic man did his utmost to keep the Dark Blues in the game, although, ultimately, his efforts proved in vain. “He produced some great saves but that’s what he is there for,” said Paul. “We know he is capable of that.” Bain was one of the few shining lights in a below- par performance at Rugby Park which the Dee will try to rectify against Ross County this weekend. Meanwhile, Paul McGowan picked up his sixth booking of the season, meaning he will miss the upcoming Celtic game on December 17. The midfielder collected a yellow card late in the game at Killie for a shirt pull on Souleymane Coulibaly. McGowan’s absence will be a blow for the Dee, with “Gowser” being a major driving force in the centre of the park. It will be hoped Mark O’Hara has returned from injury in time to be a contender for McGowan’s midfield berth. The former Killie man has been out for over a month now with a hernia problem and has suffered a couple of setbacks as he tries to return to the first-team fold. O’Hara started the season in good form and the possibility of him making it back into the squad could prove timely, given McGowan’s suspension. Dundee’s U/20 squad travel to play Rangers tonight in the Development League. The game will be played at Forthbank Stadium in Stirling with a 6pm kick-off. The young Dark Blues are unbeaten in their last three league games.
  17. The Dens Park stopper picked up a back injury and will miss yet another chance to pick up his first international cap. This time last year, Bain was hit by a knee problem and had to pull out of the squad after Gordon Strachan had given the former-Alloa man his maiden international call-up. Bain made the bench in recent friendly wins over the Czech Republic and Denmark but is yet to take to the pitch in a Scotland shirt. Allan McGregor also pulled out of the squad with a back problem picked up before Hull’s 3-0 Championship play-off semi-final win over Derby County last weekend. Ross County’s Scott Fox and young Hearts man Jack Hamilton have been called up as replacement goalkeepers.
  18. TDB Staff

    Bain In Scotland Squad

    The matches take place in at the end of the this month and beginning of next in Malta and Metz. Bain was on the bench for Scotland’s last two friendlies away to the Czech Republic and at home to Denmark in March but, unfortunately, didn’t get on the park. Also selected is Hull’s former Dundee United full-back Andrew Robertson. The squad is: Scott Bain, David Marshall, Allan McGregor; Christophe Berra, Grant Hanley, Alan Hutton, Russell Martin, Charlie Mulgrew, Callum Paterson, Andrew Robertson, Lee Wallace; Ikechi Anya, Barry Bannan, Oliver Burke, Darren Fletcher, Shaun Maloney, James McArthur, John McGinn, Barrie McKay, Matt Phillips, Matt Ritchie, Robert Snodgrass; Steven Chris Martin, Ross McCormack, Steven Naismith.
  19. Source: The Courier Dundee goalkeeper Scott Bain admits he cannot afford to let his standards drop with Kyle Letheren itching to take his place between the sticks. Bain, who joined the Dark Blues during the summer from Alloa, knew when he came to Dens that he would have a tough job establishing himself as the club’s No.1. Letheren had been one of the Dundee stalwarts throughout the Championship-winning season, and made himself a hero with the club’s supporters thanks to a vital save during the victory on the last day of the season against Dumbarton that finally secured promotion. However, when the big Welshman injured his knee during the warm-up before a game at Motherwell back in October, Bain was given his chance and he has seized it with both hands. Letheren needed an operation to fix the injury and he has battled his way back to full fitness. However, the first-choice goalie jersey still belongs to Bain who has been in superb form for Paul Hartley’s side, pulling off a string of sensational saves in games and establishing himself as a commanding presence on the park. Despite that he admitted he is taking nothing for granted and has to maintain those high standards as he knows Letheren is waiting in the wings. Bain said: “Yes, of course. Kyle probably felt the same when he was playing. “It made him play better and it is making me do the same. “Obviously, I don’t want to let myself or the team down. I am just very happy right now. “I am delighted to be back full-time and playing every week. “It is a real bonus and I think I have played 18 games now. “I feel I have exceeded my own expectations, to be honest with how I have taken to this level. “I am very comfortable now and feel I am more than holding my own in this league.” Bain and Letheren are put through their paces on the training ground by coach Bobby Geddes. And Bain admitted his mentor has played an important part in his development. He said: “He has been a huge help to me. “We do a lot of work on the training field and watch footage from games to see what we can improve on and do well. “He has been great to me since I came to the club.” Meanwhile, Dundee’s game with Celtic, originally scheduled for the weekend of the League Cup final, has been rearranged for Wednesday, March 18, with a 7.45pm kick-off. To coincide with this development, Dundee have announced details of a special ticket deal which will see supporters able to purchase cut-price briefs for the Aberdeen game at Dens on March 23 when bought along with a ticket for the Celtic match. Fans buying a Celtic ticket for £25 will be able to get an Aberdeen one for £15. A concession for Celtic is £15 and if supporters buy an Aberdeen ticket at the same time, they will get that for £5. The offer is available until the March 18.

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