Who can step up and be a goal machine at Dens Park?

Dundee's Sofien Moussa is inches away from levelling the scores early in the second half against rangers

An opportunity missed is the overwhelming feeling coming from Dundee after their 1-0 defeat at champions Celtic.

And that feeling stems from coming so close to grabbing a point late in the game when both Paul McGowan and Roarie Deacon had chances to level the score.

Not for the first time this season — Aberdeen away and for a spell against Rangers are games that spring to mind — the ability to take chances at key moments has let Dundee down.

Two seasons ago, the difference that makes showed as Greg Stewart and Kane Hemmings fired the Dark Blues into the top six.

Having goalscorers can be the difference between a relegation scrap and safety in the top half — just ask Motherwell with Louis Moult & Co. right now.

Tele Sport takes a look at how the Dens men have been faring so far:

SOFIEN MOUSSA (Nine appearances, six goals)

Tunisian Moussa is Dundee’s top scorer this season.

Five of those, however, came in the Betfred Cup group stage, with three against lowly Cowdenbeath and one each versus Buckie Thistle and Raith.

His sole league strike came from the penalty spot against St Johnstone.

The big striker is yet to show he can really cut it in the Premiership — the way to turn that around is with goals.

FAISSAL EL BAKHTAOUI (14 appearances, four goals)

This is a big season for El Bakhtaoui after arriving from Dunfermline last summer.

He’s yet to really catch fire despite a screamer in a 2-1 Betfred Cup derby victory at Dens Park, although it has to be said he has been operating from wide at times this campaign. He has the ability but a lack of important goals, or any goals really, has been apparent.

A-JAY LEITCH-SMITH (Six appearances, two goals)

The man on loan from Shrewsbury made his home debut with a double to see off St Johnstone for Dundee’s first league win of the season.

That’s been it so far, though.

He’s shown plenty outside the box as well as a couple of thankless tasks leading the line against Celtic in the past few weeks. Plenty effort but not a prolific return as yet.

JACK HENDRY (14 appearances, two goals)

Centre-half Hendry has impressed with his defensive ability in his short time at Dens but has popped up with a couple of headers.

One against Raith and the next against Ross County show he’s a threat in the other box.

KERR WADDELL (13 appearances, two goals)

Another centre-back and another threat to the opposition area.

Waddell missed out against Celtic on Saturday despite his double in the previous game that won the points against Hearts.

That match against the Jambos shows how good he is in the air, something Dundee will utilise whenever they possibly can.

ROARIE DEACON (14 appearances, one goal)

Overall, Deacon has been good since switching Sutton United for Dens Park but his goal return is poor for someone of his ability.

That he is behind two centre-backs in the goals list tells you that.

He’ll be the first to say he should have doubled his tally late on at Celtic Park only for Dorus de Vries to deny him.

He’s shown plenty glimpses of quality and a superb goal at Aberdeen in August but his team need him to up his stats.

Overall as a team, 10 goals in nine league games isn’t bad but the lack of a goalscorer, as it has been in the past, may well be the difference between success and failure.

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