Premiership Football Returns For Dundee This Saturday
With just a few days until the start of the new Scottish Premiership Football League season, it is about time for me to make my triumphant return to TEB and give you all a run down on how our summer has went so far.
We seen Neil McCann turn down the manager’s job on a full time basis, only for St Mirren boss Jack Ross to do the same before McCann came back to accept the initial offer.
As par of the course for Dundee in any close season, we have seen plenty of players coming and going at the club along with some outlandish rumours.
From Clint Dempsey to Dimitri Berbatov, Dundee fans were hooked on who we would be signing. This was down to a fake Twitter page announcing we would be making a ‘marquee signing’ and one that would see us challenge for second in the table behind Celtic. Unfortunately, some fans were taken in by it and thought we would be making a world class player a Dundee player.
Eight players have been signed in total for the first team so far by McCann and the early indications point to most of them improving on the players that have left and filling the gaps that were clearly evident in the past few years under Paul Hartley.
So far, Roarie Deacon on the wing and defensive midfielder Glenn Kamara look to be astute signings and hopefully I will be writing more about them throughout the year, heaping praise on them.
Nothing like the kiss of death eh?
Though the league season is just about to kick-off, the League Cup is in full flow and unlike last year’s diabolical showing, The Dee have made it into the last sixteen, comfortably making it out of the groups.
A hard fought 2-1 win away to Raith Rovers was followed by an under-par performance at home to Highland League Champions Buckie Thistle despite the 2-0 score line in favour of Dundee. This led to McCann cancelling the teams Sunday off and it obviously worked wonders with a fine 3-0 win away to Fifers, Cowdenbeath.
With Dundee United in our group and also picking up three wins, this would see both clubs playing to see who would finish first and second in Group C last Sunday and the chance to be the seeded and unseeded team.
The return of the Dundee Derby would see the teams finish the game a goal a piece with The Dee being the better team but not creating enough chances and when we did, not proving ruthless enough.
With the match ending in a draw, the new rules of the League Cup give the clubs the chance to gain an extra point through a penalty shoot-out and unfortunately for us, United were victorious 4-3. So, it was two points for them and one point for us as this meant that the Arabs would finish top and be the seeded team for the next round.
Who and where would the next draw take them? Back to Dens Park to face us on a week on Wednesday!
Before the Dundee Derby part deux, we kick-off our Premiership campaign at home on Saturday to Ross County.
I fancy us to take the points here. We look far more creative in midfield than last season now that Scott Allan is in the team and with Kamara prowling around the middle and breaking up play, I feel that these two will be the catalyst toward a win for us.
It would also be a lift for the squad to put the draw with United on Sunday behind them and to also give them the platform to go into the cup clash against our neighbours a few days later on a high. More importantly, it will get us off to a flyer.
MON THE DEE!