Derek Soutar believes if Dundee are to end a 12-year league drought against Aberdeen, they have to expose the defensive fragility in Derek McInnes’ side.
The pair have a Sunday lunchtime date at Dens and “Soapy”, who has turned out for both clubs, is expecting a tight encounter.
But, having been between the sticks the last time the Dark Blues tasted league success over the Dons in 2004, he’s well placed to make a call on what will be required for victory this weekend.
He said: “If Dundee can put some quality crosses into the box then Aberdeen might struggle.
“I haven’t seen much of the Dons goalkeeper but balls in between the back four and the keeper have always caused problems.
“If Dundee can exploit this, then they have a chance.
“Aberdeen are excellent going forward, they have the players to hurt you — but, defensively, I’m not that sure about them.”
Derek feels Sunday’s clash is an important game for the two teams but for different reasons.
“In a way it’s a bigger game for Aberdeen.
“With Rangers not being in the league the past few seasons, Aberdeen have been second and, if they want to challenge again, they will have to improve.”
The fact the Dons drew a second-successive home game isn’t lost in Derek either.
“A 1-1 draw with Inverness last week was a bad result. I think they’ll be fired up for Sunday.
“Aberdeen will come to Dens looking for a win.”
From a Dundee perspective, Soapy thinks the importance of the game lies in their quest to get into the top six.
“Dundee are dropping too many points against the teams round about them.
“Drawing a lot of games last season meant they missed out on a top-six berth.
“If they have aspirations of staying in the top half, they need to start picking up three points.”
Dundee may have to rely on the outstanding form of goalie Scott Bain to earn a full return.
Derek remembers fellow-keeper Bain from his time at Aberdeen and reckons the Dons made a massive error allowing him to leave.
“When I was at Aberdeen, Bainy came in as a school kid.
“He had just signed a two-year pro deal and, although he was skinny, you could see he had something.
“He got released and went away and played in the lower leagues, saw what life was like outside of professional football, worked hard and had bigger clubs looking at him.”
When asked if he thought Aberdeen regretted letting Bain go, Soutar’s reply is simple: “100%.
“From an Aberdeen perspective, they will be kicking themselves.
“It was a wrong move and they should have listened to Jim Leighton at the time and kept him.
“Aberdeen’s loss is Dundee’s gain.”
Derek is now landlord of The High Corner pub in Dundee and says it is something he had always considered doing.
The former goalie admits to missing playing but more so the banter that went around the dressing-room on a daily basis.
By being behind the bar, he hopes the same laughs can be emulated.
“I’ve always thought about running a pub but I never thought I’d actually go through with it.
“I miss the banter in the changing-room but, hopefully, the craic I have with the punters will help recreate a bit of that feeling.”