Dundee boss John Brown has no fears about handing Craig Wighton his first start, if star man Craig Beattie loses his fitness battle.
Beattie has been struggling this week with a groin problem, only training on Friday morning ahead of Saturday’s visit of Queen of the South.
And although the gaffer expects his hitman to pass a late fitness test, he has no reservations about throwing 16-year-old Wighton in from the off.
“Whether he’s 16 or 26, he’s ready,” said Bomber.
“Wighton is looking very good he’s ready to start for us if we need him to.
“He might not have the physical attributes of other players but he has intelligence.
“If he does have to start, it’s up to the other more experienced players to help him out.”
On Beattie, who limped out of last week’s win at Dumbarton, he said: “He had a tight groin, we will look at him on Saturday.
“He’s obviously a doubt but he did a bit of work with the physio on Thursday and trained Friday.”
Elsewhere within the squad, Nicky Riley is expected to be fit despite missing a few sessions this week but Carlo Monti (dead leg) may miss out.
Willie Dyer’s absence has been confirmed, as has Kevin McBride.
News on the status of Kyle Benedictus is worrying for the manager, though.
Bomber confirmed he will be without his centre-half for five weeks after the recurrence of a disc problem in his back.
Bomber said: “The knocks we have in the squad will give the chance for one or two of the younger boys to shine.”
On Saturday, the manager is keen for his players to keep up the momentum, after closing the gap at the top to just three points.
“We’re only three points off Hamilton and, by all accounts, they’ve had a great start,” he added.
“Partick won the league with more than 70 points last year this time I think it’ll be less.
“Teams are cutting each other’s throats.
“Hopefully, we’ll be one of those teams fighting at the death.”