Dundee’s dreadful 2018/19 season has hit some harder than others – none more so than former season-ticket holder Cammy Kerr.
For someone you’d expect to bleed dark blue, a start to the campaign that has seen just three points picked up from a possible 36 has more than just professional disappointment.
For any youngster kicking a ball for the first time the dream is to run out in your team’s colours one day. Kerr has lived that dream, coming up through the youth set-up at Dens and cementing a place in the first team with more than 100 appearances behind him.
This season, however, has been a nightmare for everybody connected with the club and, being a kind of fans’ representative in the team, it’s been even harder for the 23-year-old.
It’s a burden, though, he’s more than happy to bear as he prepares for a huge match this weekend at home to St Mirren.
He said: “It is difficult. I was asked before if I took things worse being a fan of the club and, yes, I do take things worse but that doesn’t mean the other boys don’t take it badly.
“I’m not expecting 20-odd boys in the dressing-room to be Dundee fans, that’s impossible, no club in the world is like that.
“Just because I’ve been a season-ticket holder I’m expected to take that burden from the fans, I know that.
“When I’m out in the street Dundee fans will stop me and I’ll get it!
“The other boys maybe not so much but that’s what’s expected in being a local lad – you take the burden. That’s absolutely fine by me, I expect that.
“I’m not saying I’m getting stopped in the street and it’s awful or my car done in or whatever!
“It’s great at times, too.
“The good times and the bad times I’ll always stick at it because I’m a Dundee fan and that’s what’s in my heart.
“I won’t change and I’ll always stop and chat with people but the important thing right now is rallying together as a team and making sure we’re firing on all cylinders on a Saturday.”
New boss Jim McIntyre may not have had the ‘new-manager bounce’ many talk about, with some difficult opening fixtures.
Kerr, though, insists things are slowly improving around the squad as he and his team-mates work to match the expectations their new gaffer puts upon them.
“The intensity in training has been very high and the demands the manager puts on people are massive, which is great,” Kerr added.
“There was quite a quick turnaround with the new manager coming in.
“It’s never nice to see a manager lose his job but that happens in football. You have to deal with it, be professional and be able to brush these things aside as much as they might not be nice and get on with your job.
“As players you have to stay focused because you could lose track – if you let emotions get in the way, that’s when you start getting affected so you have to keep your single focus on what we are trying to do.
“It’s been a clean slate for everyone since the new manager has come in.
“The one thing I pride myself on is how I train and try to play as well. It’s about trying to stay the same for me, working hard and doing the wee extra bits you need to do.
“I’ve been lucky enough to play the games up to now but it’s only me who can keep myself in there by training hard, playing hard and giving everything.
“That’s what all the other boys are doing, they are fighting for their places which is good to have.”