Dundee finally emerged from under the black cloud of consecutive defeats last weekend – to keep the sun shining, though, they’ll have to prevent an old favourite from raining on their parade this Saturday.
Fresh off their first Premiership victory of the season at Hamilton, the Dark Blues welcome Steve Clarke’s Kilmarnock to Dens Park for a stern examination of their new-found confidence.
And, if they are going to build up any sort of momentum on the back of the win in South Lanarkshire, they’ll have to put the shackles on a player already lighting up Rugby Park in his short time there.
It’s been two years since Greg Stewart departed Dens Park after a stellar spell that saw him knock in 32 goals in 84 appearances for the Dark Blues and it’s fair to say they’ve never replaced him.
A number of players have come and gone trying and, on the whole, failing to fill the goalscoring void left by Stewart – and his mate Kane Hemmings, who had already left for Oxford United.
Before this season, Marcus Haber scored the goals to keep Dundee in the top flight in 2016/17, though it took him six months and 24 appearances to overtake Stewart as the club’s top scorer that campaign.
Scott Allan would be the signing that came closest to filling the void in terms of ability but wasn’t seen enough in a dark blue shirt while players like Faissal El Bakhtaoui, Henrik Ojamaa and A-Jay Leitch-Smith have all been and gone with arguably little success.
The job of replacing Stewart was always going to be a difficult one after he departed for Birmingham City in a six-figure deal, not least because of his quality.
Not being an out-and-out striker but preferring to come from deep or out wide to provide the team with goals, Stewart was a bit of a one-off.
And so that’s proved since he left the City of Discovery.
He struggled to make an impact with Brum at St Andrews, with opposing defences able to shut down his trademark cut on to his left foot, before returning to Scotland on loan last season.
At Aberdeen, too, he failed to impress among a squad filled with attacking options for Derek McInnes, meaning he was mainly used as a wide forward.
Three goals in 34 appearances wasn’t the return expected at Pittodrie.
This season, however, he has already equalled that mark in just four games for Kilmarnock.
Given the freedom to roam by Steve Clarke, Stewart has flourished at Rugby Park this campaign and has helped propel Killie into fourth place in the Premiership table.
A superb individual run and unstoppable strike on his return to Pittodrie had him up and running before another fine finish at Hibs came the following week.
And he made it three in four last weekend by crashing in another pearler, curling past Motherwell’s Trevor Carson with his left foot from 25 yards.
It’s fair to say Stewart had a quiet day on his first return to Dens Park since leaving when Aberdeen came to visit last December.
This time around, though, Dundee certainly have to be expecting anything but that if his current form is anything to go by.
Supported by team-mates Eamonn Brophy, Kris Boyd, Jordan Jones and Chris Burke, Stewart isn’t the only threat to be aware of for the Dark Blues.
He will, however, be the one with a fire in his belly to respond to the section of Dundee fans that hurled abuse at him on one of his last appearances for the club up at Peterhead for daring to move on.
Dark Blues: Beware the one that got away!