Dundee keeper Scott Bain admits he has some unfinished business with Dundee United.
The Dark Blues stopper was given his marching orders in the last clash between the city rivals.
At 2-0 up the visitors were cruising back on March 20 when Bain brought down Billy Mckay and was sent off.
The result, due in no small part to the red, ended up 2-2 and Bain says he feels in the mood to right a few wrongs against the Tangerines, who, with defeat this evening would be relegated from the Premiership.
“We are looking to put things right,” said Bain.
“I think the whole squad has something to prove after that match. We know we should have seen that game out.
“Me getting sent off was not right — I am still adamant it was not a sending off. But it is one of those I just have to take on the chin.
“I particularly have some unfinished business with Dundee United.”
While some may look back on that clash as the defining moment in Dundee’s season, Bain is not of that mind-set.
Just a few short weeks later, the club missed out on the post-split top-six mix, instead having to settle for life in the lower half of the Premiership.
“It was not that game that cost us, it was the whole season,” insisted the recent Scotland call-up to Gordon Strachan’s squad.
“Too many times we have drawn games. If you look back over those games, we’d have been better off winning a few of those 14 and losing a few. That way we’d be where we belong right now.
“We have chucked too many results away this season.
“I am certainly not to blame, we take that blame collectively as a squad. We have to. We win together and lose together.”
Sweeping the disappointment of a bottom-six finish aside, Bain has set the target of proving this side is the “best of the rest”.
He continued: “The main things is to win tonight.
“We need to prove we are the best of the rest, as they say, by beating all of the teams below us.
“That starts with Dundee United tonight.
“We just need to do our best for our fans. We can’t get caught up in all the derby-day hype.
“If we do what we have done against them over the last year, we will beat them. It’s as simple as that.”
Bain was one of three Dundee players named in the PFA Scotland Team of the Year, alongside Kane Hemmings and Greg Stewart, who are both up for the Player of the Year gong.
While he was delighted to be recognised with the Dark Blues strike duo, he thinks it underlines just how much the team as a whole have underachieved.
He said: “All credit to those two because it is some achievement and they deserve it. But it is a reflection on the season as a whole.
“We have some of the best players in the division in our team but we have finished in the bottom six.
“That shouldn’t have happened. It maybe took us too long into the season to work out the best way to play, the best system and personnel.
“By the time we have realised that, it has been too late.
“But with the players we have now and the way we played last week against Partick, I am confident we can finish the season on a high by claiming seventh spot.”