Dundee boss Neil McCann admits his side missed the physical presence of striker Sofien Moussa against Celtic on Wednesday night but expects the Tunisian to be fit this weekend.
The targetman failed a late fitness test before the 4-0 defeat to the Hoops at Dens Park after picking up a knee complaint in training.
The striker already missed a few weeks at the start of the season after surgery on the same knee but Neil insists it’s not the same problem.
The Dens gaffer said: “Moussa had a bit of a sore knee.
“He wasn’t quite happy with it and I don’t think you can go into a match with somebody not quite 100%.
“He could have taken an injection but really I didn’t want to risk it.
“It’s the same knee but not the same problem.
“Just a bit of inflammation and should be OK for the weekend.
“We did miss his presence, we didn’t have a big one to work off and sometimes you need that release.
“But I thought AJ Leitch-Smith worked away really hard and we asked Mark O’Hara to get up there and provide physicality.”
The Dundee boss was pleased with the workrate of his team against a Celtic side at pretty much full strength — something Neil says showed his side respect despite an Old Firm derby coming up this weekend for the Hoops.
“On the whole, I can have no complaints about the result but there was a remarkable workrate put in by my players against a top-class Celtic team, who didn’t rest too many for the Old Firm game,” he added.
“I think that showed respect to my side and indeed I don’t think it was a 4-0 — that flattered Celtic a bit towards the end — losing two late goals when we’re taking big risks.
“I’ll take a lot of positives from the match. I don’t enjoy a defeat but I have a lot to work on from a coach’s point of view.
“We’ve had matches where we’ve had great chances and not taken them.
“Again we had one with Faissal and then lose a poor second goal, so there were glimpses there you can go toe-to-toe with Celtic.
“At times, we contained them well and hit them on the break with a bit of purposeful running from midfield.
“I’m pleased with the effort of the guys and pleased they stuck at it and didn’t shrink.
“We can be braver on the ball in terms of passing but I can’t have any complaints about the result.”