Dundee have a good chance of beating Hibs and Dundee United are set up to be a decent Premiership side.
Those were two of the views offered by sports reporters George Cran and Calum Woodger in a return of the Tele’s Terrace Talk podcast. See above.
The pair discuss the city’s two football clubs at a time when things are looking optimistic, with Dundee out of the Premiership relegation zone for the first time since August and United on a run of three straight wins to leave them three points away from Championship leaders Ross County.
“Robbie Neilson has brought in a lot of players and most of them have proved themselves already,” said Calum in the Terrace Talk podcast about the impact made by the United manager since his arrival in October last year.
“It’s just a case of keeping it up and achieving their goal because this team is set for promotion and set to be a decent side in the Premiership. They have to fulfil that now.
“There is pressure from fans and outwith the football club – the expectation of being Dundee United and one of the top six or seven teams in Scotland – but it’s all there for them.”
Excitement is building at Tannadice, and not just in the league. A win in the Scottish Cup quarter-final, against either Ross County or Inverness Caley, will give United a semi-final date at Hampden.
George reckons this could help Neilson’s promotion charge.
“It gives everyone a lift to get to Hampden,” he told Terrace Talk. “Fans who might have fallen out of love with the club might get their enthusiasm back.”
Both reporters say Dundee have a good chance to defeat Hibs at Dens Park on Friday night.
Calum said: “It’s going to be a tough game but with the way they are playing at the moment, and coming back from behind to beat Livingston, they can pull something out of the bag against a very good Hibs team.”
George added: “If they can repeat the first half of their last showing at Dens, against Kilmarnock, they can win against Hibs.”