Dundee boss Neil McCann expects ‘difficult’ game on Kilmarnock’s artificial surface

Dundee manager Neil McCann and midfielder Lewis Spence

Dundee boss Neil McCann says his team need to focus only on themselves as they look to pick up a second Premiership win on the bounce today at Kilmarnock.

Last weekend saw the Dark Blues collect their first victory of the campaign with a 3-2 success over St Johnstone.

And the Dens gaffer is determined to see his side make it two in a row at Rugby Park.

Neil said: “This is huge for us because it’s another game to get three points and build on that win from last week.

“It’s a difficult ground with the artificial surface.

“It does change the game, it changes the way the ball moves, it changes maybe the way you want to play.

“However, it really isn’t about Kilmarnock. The players will get the same information they always get going into a game and it’s up to us to impose ourselves on it.

“This is an opportunity to impose ourselves as a good side whether we are home or away.

“I think you take Celtic, Rangers and Aberdeen, top teams from the last couple of years, Celtic in particular, and you respect them.

“However, all the other sides, I think if you ask most managers they would concede there’s not a great deal between us.

“We go down there and it’s about us.”

Last week’s victory saw the Dark Blues leapfrog Killie in the table, something Neil doesn’t want to see happen in reverse today.

“You could see last week one win changes the outlook of the table but all it really does is make it look a bit nicer, you’re not sitting at the foot of the table again.

“Kilmarnock will be looking at building on their draw up at Aberdeen and they’ll feel if they get a win it’ll propel them.”

Striker Sofien Moussa missed the defeat to Celtic after failing a late fitness test with a knee complaint.

Following Wednesday’s game he was expected to be fit for Kilmarnock but, since resting him from training on Thursday, it’s unclear whether that will be the case.

Neil continued: “Moussa we are still assessing. He still had a bit of discomfort yesterday.

“It’s nothing to do with his last operation, I don’t know whether it was a bump or a knock but there’s some inflammation in there.

“We rested him on Thursday and he’s getting assessed again.”

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