It has been dire the past few weeks following Dundee as we suffered four straight defeats and saw bottom club St Mirren move to within a point of us. Meanwhile, Hamilton extended the gap between tenth and eleventh to six points following unlikely wins over Aberdeen and Hearts.
To give you a quick recap, Dundee failed to grab (other than a flag in the Celtic end) a point from matches against Hibs, Rangers, Hearts and Celtic. The teams around us all picked up points and it is now squeaky bum time as we approach the split in the Premiership.
Next up for us is a massive match away to St Mirren, which will undoubtedly be billed as the big bottom of the table clash.
I don’t think anyone will be underestimating the importance of winning this tie. It really is a must win match and I know I have said this numerous times over the course of the season but, I really mean it this time.
At the time of writing this, Dundee had sold out their initial allocation and were close to shifting the extra tickets that were sent over due to the high demand. It looks like over 1,600 fans will make the trip in the hope of spurring on the team and to ease any relegation worries they may harbour.
We should hopefully see Andrew Nelson back from injury following a lengthy lay off. He had started his Dundee career brightly with four goals in six matches and it would seem he would be the talisman who would fire us to safety, but he has missed the last four matches which have ended in defeat for us and his presence up front.
Having him back in the starting line-up, or at least the bench, is a massive boost for not only the team, but the fans who know the importance of having him on the field or ready to come on is.
With just eight matches left to play, we are in our worst position in this league since coming up and if truth be told, if it weren’t for Hamilton and St Mirren around us, we would have drifted away to the Championship a long ago, something I’m sure some of their own fans would say about their own team.
Thankfully, we still have a fighting chance to get out of this and it has to start this Saturday away at Mirren. This is the first of three huge matches for us in the space of seven days with a trip to St Johnstone on Wednesday before entertaining Aberdeen the following Saturday.
I’m not going to make any predictions, I’m not brave enough to do so. Even the thought of these matches makes me feel uneasy. I’ll definitely be needing a few beers before kick-off on Saturday to settle the nerves, that’s for sure.
MON THE DEE!