Friday night’s top-of-the-table clash between Dundee United and Ayr won’t define where the title ends up, according to Robbie Neilson.
However, he’s determined to make sure it’s his side coming out on top at Tannadice nonetheless.
The Honest Men sit three points ahead of the Tangerines with Ross County sandwiched in between.
That means Neilson’s men will go level at the top with victory – for a day at least before the Staggies face Alloa.
The United boss said: “Winning the game on Friday night isn’t going to win anyone the league but what it will do is give the team confidence to progress on to the next games with momentum and that feelgood factor.
“Ultimately, as I’ve said all season, the league will be won at Alloa away and Queen of the South away, games like that win you a title because they can be the ones that are the hardest to get up for.
“I think it’ll be a really entertaining game, an exciting game, because it’s two teams that will want to win.
“I hope we get a really top crowd for it because it’s something different for the fans – Friday night at home under the floodlights.
“Some teams come to Tannadice and change their shape and look to kill the game.
“When we played against Alloa they came and sat in and changed their shape a wee bit. They made it really difficult for us to break them down.
“Knowing how Ian McCall is and what he believes in – 4-4-2, which they are very good at – he will come to Tannadice and expect his team to play that way against us because they have had a lot of success.
“I believe in my players as well and am confident that we are good enough to win any game in this league.
“Ayr are above us at the top of the league and have had a fantastic season so they are going to be full of confidence and we have to respect them.
“I think, though, that if we play the way we know we can play then we will give them a lot of problems.”
The United gaffer has no new injury worries with skipper Fraser Fyvie expected to return to the starting XI after missing out against Alloa last week. Lewis Toshney, meanwhile, is back running after his ankle injury.