10-man Hamilton sent Dundee to the bottom of the SPFL Ladbrokes Premiership after a 3-1 win at Dens Park. Massimo Donati saw red for the visitors in the second half but goals from Iannis Skondras, David Templeton and Antonio Rojano gave them all three points, despite Ajay Leitch-Smith's penalty.
We very quickly caught up with Gavin who now lives in Australia to talk briefly about the events with his former club up North. (The questions were asked before today's announcement that Derek McInnes had decided to knock back The Rangers)
The big talking point at this minute is the Derek McInnes situation regarding the vacant Rangers job. It’s been reported today (Wednesday) that McInnes and his assistant never took training and were meeting with Stewart Milne away from Pittodrie. Does this look more than likely that Aberdeen will need to start looking for a new manager very soon?
Yes it certainly does. Once it gets to this stage - it only looks like there will be only one outcome.
Aberdeen have hit a rough patch recently with one win in five. It’s quiet out of character for the Dons. Players might say otherwise but do you think the ongoing speculation regarding the manager has had an effect on the club?
I don’t think the players would admit it and I have been in the same situation also but sub consciously I think it must play a part - hard to tell really.
With you now living in Australia now, you might not have seen Aberdeen as much but how do you feel new signings Gary Mackay Stevens and Greg Stewart have done considering they have had to fill the gap Johnny Hayes and Niall McGinn left? Their stats seem to be underwhelming when compared to the players above and also their stints at both Dundee clubs.
Johnny and Niall were such pivotal players for Aberdeen for a good few years that it’s hard to come in and replace that straight away. I’m sure Greg(who proved himself at Dundee) and Gary (who is a great player) will do so.
The past few seasons have seen second place more of less Aberdeen’s for the taking but this year they have Rangers and Hibs pushing them now. After two defeats against the Glasgow club it would seem they have some serious competition?
Yes of course. And it’s always gonna happen. Rangers are getting stronger as they were always going to. Hibs are going well also.
The Dons have put their plans on hold regarding the new proposed stadium but Mine is hoping that their application can be heard by the Council this month. How much does the club need to move to a new stadium?
I really hope they manage to push through the new training ground and stadium because for the progression of the club it is crucial. It’s such a good club that is being held back by lack of facilities.
Again, with you residing in down under, you may have not seen much of Dundee but from what you have hear or read, what players do you think will cause the most problems for Aberdeen
Well Mark O’Hara is doing great and is scoring goals. Along with El Bakhtaoui's pace and finishing ability - they are the two on form that will cause problems.
It’s been sixteen games since we last beat Aberdeen in the League, going all the way back to 2004. With Aberdeen stutter in the league just now, can Dundee finally grab all three points or will the Dons make it eight wins on the trot against us?
It’ll be a big ask, but it’ll be a close game either way.
County took all the points in our first clash against them this term as they ran out 2-1 victors at Dens on the opening day of the season. As ever, we spoke to JailEnder to catch up on what has been going on with his club since our last interview.
Dundee are without a win in four against the Staggies, our last came up at Victoria Park with a 3-1 win on the first day of the 2016/17 season.
We spoke before the opening match of the new Premiership season and you wrongly predicted a 1-1 draw between the clubs. Fortunately for you, it still had an empty ending with a Ross County win. Were you surprised with the win or feel that the Staggies deserved all three points?
It's always hard to gauge the first game of a league season, not knowing how teams are compared to each other, but we did perform better in the first half of that game than I thought we would, and although we hung on a bit in the second half I do think the 3 points were deserved
Things never went so well after that. Put out the League Cup in extra-time at home to Motherwell along with five defeats and a draw resulted in Jim McIntyre and Billy Dodds losing their jobs. Was it time for them to go or did they deserve more time?
The time for McIntyre and Dodds to go was long overdue - I'd have preferred had they gone a year ago to be honest.
Summer of 2016 was a disaster for County with several poor managerial decisions such as the fallout with Scott Boyd and McIntyre that saw half the squad side with Boyd and the other half with McIntyre - as a result we lost a lot of good players like Ricky Foster and Brian Graham for nothing.
Then there was McIntyre stubbornness to play Boyce out of position for 3 months where we barely won a game - only when he moved him back as a striker at the tail end of the season did things improve.
Although we finished 7th in the league, given the cost of our squad last season we should have been top 6.
Owen Coyle being announced as the new manager was a shock announcement wasn’t it?
It was a bit of a shock to see Coyle announced, but when you look back through managerial appointments made by Roy McGregor he usually brings in a surprise.
But after hearing the interviews and how Coyle and McGregor have stayed in touch since he played at County 15 years ago or so maybe it wasn't as surprising as we thought.
Also it appears that Coyle and McGregor have the same style of values, personally and work wise. So by the sounds of things, there is a longer term friendship there than most knew about.
Since his arrival he has managed eleven out of twenty-four points. A good return so far, especially since you had to play both Celtic and Aberdeen?
Coyle has improved us a lot since he arrived. 11 out of 24 points might not sound earth shattering, but I think we had only won 6 from 18 points before that, so the points ratio has improved.
The style of play is better too, defensively it's much much better. Under McIntyre we knew we'd have to score twice just to get a point, now there is a good chance of us keeping a clean sheet, while scoring goals is still an issue in games, there is a bit more of an attacking and exciting style to our play.
What has he changed around the club?
There is also a lot more enthusiasm around the club. Coyle himself emits enthusiasm and it appears to be rubbing off on everyone from the players, to admin staff and the fans.
You mentioned before that a 7th place finish could be achieved. Considering how tight this league is (excluding the top), do you think you can still achieve this finish?
7th place is still achievable, in fact I wouldn't rule out aiming for 6th too.
So many teams are closely matched and swap places all the time, it'll all come down to who gets a good run at the end of the season. A good run by any team just before the split could see anyone nick that 6th place. So while the results will be important, the timing of the run could also be equally important.
Finally, we have only picked up one point away from home all season. You must fancy County for this? Dundee fans will be on a high though after Fridays victory over Rangers. Predictions?
I watched the Dundee vs Rangers game last Friday evening as we play both teams in the next week.. During the first half I was saying to my son that we should be looking for 2 wins against you both.
However the second half showed that Dundee might have the most gifted players, but there is a fighting spirit in that team so it won't be easy.
I'd still hope we can win this game, and to be honest would be disappointed if we don't but it's not going to be easy. We'll have to be at our best to win
County 1-0 Dundee
Who was your man of the match against Ross County in today's game?
Iannis Skondras headed home a Dougie Imrie cross opening the scoring in the 39th minute, before David Templeton was given plenty of space to make it 2 - 0 in the 64th minute.
A-Jay Leitch-Smith converted from the penalty spot after Xavier Thomas was judged to have handled the ball in the box. Hamilton's Massimo Donati was sent off in the 74th minute, but Antonio Rojano struck four minutes from time to secure the win.
Photo: Derek Gerrard Photography