Dundee manager Neil McCann has urged his players to believe they can beat Celtic and bring silverware to Dens Park.
McCann set lofty ambitions when he began his first management role and is trying to instil the same mindset in his players ahead of Wednesday’s Betfred Cup quarter-final.
Dundee secured their first league win on Saturday against St Johnstone and McCann insists they can follow it up by ending Celtic’s 55-game unbeaten domestic run.
He said: “I want to be winning trophies at this club and why shouldn’t you have aspirations?
“Kilmarnock have done it, Ross County have done it in recent times. So there’s no reason why Dundee shouldn’t have aspirations to do it.
“I am really happy with my squad, it’s building and progressing. We will have ups and downs over the season in search of consistency but I have full belief in them.
“Somewhere along the line, if you want to have a trophy in these cabinets then you will have to beat Celtic.”
McCann won 10 major trophies as a player with Hearts and Rangers and appeared hungry for more as he spoke in front of a photograph of Dundee’s 1962 league-winning skipper Bobby Cox in Dens Park’s boardroom.
“There’s nothing better,” he said. “You can earn a career and go and play for big, great clubs and earn lots of money but football is actually about winning things and I want them to get that in their mindset, that they want to win things and search for memories that people can’t take away.
“Guys like that sitting behind me here, I had the pleasure of meeting him in my young days here.
This is club that has been far removed from winning trophies and I want to get back to it, and I would love these guys to be part of it.”