World beaters they are not but at times this season Dundee have threatened to look like a very good side.
However, at others, Neil McCann’s men are nothing short of gallingly difficult to watch.
The Dark Blues have displayed both sides of their identity crisis against relegation rivals, and forthcoming opponents Hamilton, Ross County and Partick Thistle.
The Dee must first navigate the challenge of Accies at Dens on Saturday before they can think about the threat of the Premiership’s bottom two in County and Thistle – who face off on Friday night.
The timing of that clash poses questions for Dundee, namely can they look after their own result when the pressure is on.
A draw might be the best outcome with the Staggies and the Jags six and four points behind, respectively.
But going into the match on Saturday lunchtime, regardless of the previous night’s result, a winning Dundee side must show up.
The Tele looks back at the good and the bad for the Dark Blues against drop zone rivals Accies, Ross County and Partick Thistle this term.
Bad news first. Bottom side Ross County have handed out two defeats to the Dens Park men this season – one of which was up there with their worst results and performances.
The 2-1 season-opening home loss was a disappointing false start but the 4-1 reverse the last time the two teams met in Dundee in February signifies a low point they will not want to stoop to again.
At the time, County were even further adrift at the foot of the table – eight behind the Dee. Victory over the Staggies in Dingwall next week could open up that gap again.
And now to the good news – Dundee’s record in the Highlands is good so far this campaign.
On their sole visit to the Global Energy Stadium in December the Dark Blues ran out 2-0 winners thanks to goals from Mark O’Hara and Faissal El Bakhtaoui. On that particular day Dundee were deadly in front of goal and dominated.
A near-perfect away performance, Messrs O’Hara and El Bakhtaoui hit heights not seen since from either.
Play like they did in that encounter next week and Neil’s lads could be celebrating survival once again.
Against Partick it’s a similar story of flying and floundering.
Dundee were convincing in downing their Glasgow counterparts with a comfortable 3-0 success in the festive period through a Sofien Moussa penalty double and another strike from form man O’Hara.
It’s the tight results against Thistle which sum up season 2017/18.
The Dee host Alan Archibald’s side again on Saturday week and haven’t had their problems to seek at Firhill.
Dundee threw away a win back in October and snatched victory from the jaws of defeat in February – 2-1 the scoreline on both occasions.
In the autumn A-Jay Leitch-Smith opened the scoring early on only for the Dark Blues to open the door for Thistle in the closing 15 minutes.
The Dee did get revenge earlier this year when Simon Murray netted a late double, his only goals in a Dundee shirt so far.
Up first, though, are Hamilton on Saturday. A 98th-minute Leitch-Smith winner won Dundee all three points last time out.
However, the Lanarkshire side have handed out 3-0 and 3-1 hidings.
What is for certain is there are no agendas this time round, just points to play for and at this stage of the season Dundee have to start winning them.