Who can Dundee rely on for their crucial Premiership run?

Simon Murray is mobbed by his team-mates after scoring at Firhill on Saturday. The Dark Blues’ striker is likely to start every game but who will be joining him?

In a season dogged by inconsistency, Dundee have frustrated game to game, seemingly unable to keep good form going.

A last-gasp win at Partick Thistle on Saturday, however, provides the Dark Blues with a chance to turn things round ahead of their Premiership run-in.

What could cure the Dee’s consistency woes is a steady team selection which ensures last weekend’s win is followed up by more.

Results show Neil McCann’s men pick up points when the same starting XI is played for two games or more in a row.

This, however, has only happened three times throughout the campaign — the first coming in the Betfred Cup group stages in July of last year.

In December, though, Neil picked the same line-up on two separate occasions to beat Ross County and Partick and draw with Motherwell.

Dundee boss Neil McCann has big team selection decisions to make.

They take on the Steelmen at Dens Park in the league this Saturday and, with their injury and suspension problems easing, the Dee need to find the winning formula for that one.

With six games to go before the split, Dundee have a tough stretch which sees them take on four of the Premiership’s current top half before the middle of April.

To have the best chance of getting results against Celtic, Rangers, Aberdeen and Hearts, Neil will be thinking about settling on his favoured set-up, rather than chopping and changing.

The Tele takes a look at who the gaffer could be calling on to keep the Dark Blues on form.


He may have had a couple of howlers lately but Elliott Parish is Dundee’s undisputed No 1.

Frenchman Jeremy Malherbe has been brought in as cover and will, hopefully, keep Parish on his toes.


If Saturday’s performance proved anything, it’s that Dundee’s best central defensive pairing is Steven Caulker and Josh Meekings.

The English duo were dominant at both ends of the pitch and should be looking to build a solid partnership between now and the crucial split fixtures.

At right-back, Cammy Kerr is likely be a stick-on for the workrate and battling qualities needed in a dogfight he brings to the side. The question mark lies on the opposite flank where boss Neil has a decision to make between Jon Aurtenetxe and Kevin Holt.

There’s little to separate the pair, with Basque Jon having the edge with his displays of late. It’s a good headache for the Dark Blues to have.


Glen Kamara, Paul McGowan and Mark O’Hara have made the three central midfield berths Neil likes to use their own — and it should stay that way.

The trio provide the perfect mix of poise, drive and goals needed in a balanced midfield.

It’s in wide areas Dundee have struggled to find a consistent performer.

They’ve tried the now-departed Scott Allan there, not to mention forgotten man Randy Wolters and the frustrating figure that is Faissal El Bakhtaoui.

If they can make use of Roarie Deacon and A-Jay Leitch-Smith’s pace and energy they can, along with a potent centre forward, make a frightening prospect for opposition defences.


Saturday’s brace hero Simon Murray could just be that man.

The Dundee lad is a poacher but also plays well off the shoulder of the last defender. He’s already shown the finishing touch and it will be difficult to displace him up front.