Dundee boss Jim McIntyre is redoubling his efforts to bolster his squad ahead of today’s transfer deadline.
That’s after witnessing an “embarrassing” performance in their 3-0 Scottish Cup defeat at Championship Queen of the South where he branded some of the defending “schoolboy” and “ridiculous”.
The Dark Blues were dumped out of the cup as Queens’ star man Stephen Dobbie crashed in his 35th of the season from long range early on before being gifted a 36th and a 37th of the campaign by two defensive howlers from centre-backs Ryan Inniss and Gensy Kusunga.
Asked if he was in the market for new faces, Jim replied: “I think it’s apparent that’s clearly needed.”
He added: “The mistakes we made in gifting Queens goals were just unacceptable, schoolboy defending.
“I have a group of players who know it’s unacceptable.
“There will be changes come Saturday, that’s for sure.”
Even Dobbie’s opener should have been prevented despite the quality of the strike as Queens ventured into Dundee’s half for the first time in the game following a good start from the visitors.
Jim said: “We started the game really well and had two great chances. I was really pleased with how we started because we knew we had to come out the traps.
“We warned the players defensively to make sure there was contact on Dobbie and he’s allowed to pick the ball up, cut inside and then he’s hit a worldie, which he’s more than capable of.
“Then the reaction after that was just so poor, we can’t dress it up, and then we gift another two goals by absolutely ridiculous decision-making from both centre-backs.
“It’s a real sore one to take, the last two performances have been really good but we blew that right out of the water last night – it was embarrassing.
“When you keep gifting the types of goal we gave away, the second and the third were just ridiculous, absolutely ridiculous – stuff you wouldn’t see five-year-olds do.
“There’s no defending it and that’s the second time in two games a centre-back has come in and said ‘Sorry, I should have done better’ – well, actions speak louder than words.”