Dundee in a sweat over defender Josh Meekings after crunching tackle with Celtic forward Jonny Hayes

Josh Meekings receives treatment after a 50-50 challenge with Celtic’s Jonny Hayes in the 2-0 defeat at Dens Park.

Dundee are sweating over defender Josh Meekings for Saturday’s Tayside derby against St Johnstone.

The big centre-half was injured in the first half during Boxing Day’s 2-0 defeat to Celtic at Dens following a tackle with Jonny Hayes which saw both men leave the field.

Meekings managed to hobble off but Hayes needed the stretcher as both came out of the challenge badly.

For Dundee gaffer Neil McCann, it was a fair challenge between two “fully-committed” players.

“It was a 50-50, Jonny was coming in quick and was fully committed and I expect my centre-back to be fully committed as well,” he said.

“Unfortunately, both players have come off injured.”

Dundee were assessing the injury to Meekings today but the hope is it is no more than a contact knock and he will be able to line up at McDiarmid Park.

Meekings lies in agony on the Dens Park turf.

Meanwhile, a “terrible” second goal destroyed any chance of a Dundee comeback against Celtic, according to boss Neil.

The champions were in firm control throughout the Boxing Day clash.

However, for a spell before the break after James Forrest’s early opener, the Dens Park gaffer felt his side were starting to get some joy before Scott Brown robbed Faissal El Bakhtaoui of the ball.

That set his side on the attack which saw Leigh Griffiths making it 2-0 and ended with the Hoops heading back to Glasgow with all three points.

Neil said: “The first goal I was disappointed about because I spoke to them about how the goal came about, in terms of how Celtic work on attacks, so I was disappointed to lose that one.

“Afterwards, we had a wee spell where I thought we were starting to get into the game and starting to adjust our passing game.

“Celtic were off it a wee bit and then the second goal was such a sloppy goal, it was terrible actually.

“It was a poor pass going into Bakh who needs to be stronger, we lost the ball and got done on a counter-attack.”

The Dundee boss was also unhappy at the lack of “aggression” shown by his team against the champions.

He added:“I don’t think we really did. We just lacked a wee bit of belief that we could get into the game.”