Dundee striker Kenny Miller feels the return of key players could help lift spirits in the dressing room with his side low on confidence.
The Dark Blues prop up the Premiership table with no points from the first four games and the veteran forward feels it could be “hard to get out of the rut”.
Speaking on BBC Sportsound last night, the 38-year-old said he was disappointed at his start to life in dark blue.
He said: “When you are low on confidence and things are going against you – it’s hard to get out of that rut.”
Miller made his debut against Motherwell last weekend and a dream debut was not on the cards with The Dee going down 3-1.
However, the experienced striker feels that Lady Luck was not on their side.
He added: “I don’t think we played particularly well, but you’re in a game 0-0 at half time like so many games in this league, there’s much of a muchness.
“For us on Saturday, that wee mistake went against us and we were punished. Not just for the first goal, for the three goals.
“Everyone can look at the goals and say it shouldn’t have happened but it was a really disappointing manner in which we lost the goals.
“We were Trevor Carson’s big toe away from 2-2. We’ve had opportunities to go 2-2 but again when we are low on confidence, that first goal was a sucker punch.
“We showed a wee bit of character to get back in the game with two or three chances. Wee Gowser’s hit one, he’s not caught it the best, but it’s a toe nail that stops it going in the back of the goal.
“These things go against you, it’s hard to get out of it.”
Dundee will hope to kick start their season after the international break. But to avoid a fifth league defeat in a row, they have the unenviable task of facing Steven Gerrard’s Rangers in Govan.
The former Ibrox star, however, believes his side could be boosted by the return of key men by the time September 15 comes around.
The Dark Blues have been without star midfielder Glen Kamara and winger Roarie Deacon due to injury.
Miller said: “You saw the life drain out the team a little bit when that first goal goes in.
“The only way to get out of that is by staying together, working hard. We had a couple of players out injured who, hopefully after the international break will be back.
“They’re good players that will be welcome back into the squad and hopefully give that bit of a boost.”