Dundee won’t be on the pitch just making up the numbers when all-conquering Celtic visit Dens Park tonight.
Brendan Rodgers’ side haven’t lost a domestic fixture since St Johnstone beat them 2-1 on Wednesday, May 11 2016, in a Premiership clash — some 55 games ago.
That makes them overwhelming favourites for the Betfred quarter-final clash against the Dark Blues.
However, while he doesn’t underestimate the task that lies ahead, midfielder Glen Kamara insists Dundee won’t be lambs to the slaughter.
He said: “I’m looking forward to playing against Celtic, even more so after we got a much-needed home victory against St Johnstone.
“It will be a great atmosphere and our supporters will get right behind us. Being underdogs will suit us.
“We will go after them. It’s a good chance for us to put on a good display in front of a big audience.”
Since moving north, most players he comes up against are unfamiliar to the Finland U/19 and U/21 cap but Kamara revealed he’ll be renewing old rivalries when the Hoops step on to the pitch.
“When I was in the Arsenal Academy team, I came up against Olivier Ntcham when he was with Manchester City.
“We had some good battles in the middle of the park.
“He and I are about the same height, so there were some well-contested tussles.
“Now he’s at Celtic and I’m hoping to come up against him again.”
Kamara has made a big impression for the Dark Blues since putting pen to paper in the summer.
Born in Tampere, Finland, the 21-year-old was part of Arsenal’s academy system for five years.
He had loan spells at Southend United and Colchester United in England’s lower leagues before crossing the border for a trial with the Dens men.
Boss Neil McCann was sufficiently impressed to make an offer and Kamara signed a two-year contract — and he’s keen to repay the manager’s faith.
“Neil McCann has given me belief and confidence. He has brought me in and is playing me regularly in the first team.
“It was a big decision to move up to Dundee from down south but I made the leap and it has worked out well.
“I’m happy at Dundee and enjoying the whole experience. I like living in the city.
“I’m playing at a good level and there is more to come from me.”
A good show against the star-studded Celtic midfield will not only aid Dundee’s cause on the night but also enhance Kamara’s chances of being selected for the full Finland international side.
He has already been an unused substitute and Finland national team boss Markku Kanerva will be eyeing his progress with interest.
There will be a big crowd at Dens but that won’t faze Kamara — in fact he will relish the experience.
He commented: “I played in front of a full house when we lost to Rangers at Ibrox a week past Saturday and it could be another full house when Celtic call.”
The quiet-spoken midfielder admits the tie against the Hoops will be “the biggest I’ve played in” and the fact it’s on TV will give his folks down south the chance to tune in and watch him in action.
He continued: “Hopefully, I’ll play a major role.”