Saturday saw the return of a back three for Dundee and it brought a lot more stability to the defensive side of the team.
At the heart of that back line was Darren O’Dea who, having played in three different continents, used all his experience to help keep a free-scoring Celtic at bay for long spells in the game.
Darren was the lynch-pin in the solidity of the defence and the voice of the players round about him.
The former Republic of Ireland international explained: “I’m a more natural talker than the others and that’s partly the reason why I was in the middle of the back line.
“I’m always trying to shift people into position.
“But when you’re playing with good players like Kevin Gomis and Kevin Holt, it makes it easier for me.
“You’re only as good as the players playing alongside you.
“I thought they were very good and, hopefully, we can build on that performance.”
The shape of the team has been changed several times this season but Darren felt comfortable in the formation used against the Hoops.
“The manager at the start of the season stressed we would have to be flexible in formations we used.
“We’ve played a few systems but, on Saturday, I felt we were solid defensively.
“Celtic had a lot of possession but we limited them to few clear-cut chances.”
After a good defensive showing, the big defender would have liked to have a game as soon as possible to build on the weekend’s display.
“I’m not sure if the free weekend has come at a good time.
“We’re coming off the back of three defeats, so you would probably want to play today given the chance.
“After the Celtic game, we left with a positive feeling after putting in a good shift against the league leaders.
“Our shape was good defensively and, hopefully, we can build on it.
“We knew the game against Inverness wasn’t good enough.
“We didn’t need anyone else to tell us. In the dressing-room, the boys were angry with the performance.
“But we worked hard through the week to make sure we put in a good performance against Celtic.”
The Hoops game came after a disappointing run of results but Darren is confident, if Dundee show the same commitment as Saturday, they will definitely start picking up points.
“We have been disappointed with our start but, if we show the same desire as we did on Saturday, then we will be fine.
“The key is that we do it every week and not just against Celtic.
“I’m a great believer that if your application is right, then the quality will shine through.
“We have a really good squad here.
“The manager makes sure we work hard in training and that it is high- tempo. As long as we keep working hard and stick together, then we will be fine.”
The league is very close and the Irishman believes there won’t be much between any of the teams outside of Celtic.
“Aberdeen have had a slow start to the season and everyone expected Rangers to be up there just now, too.
“Maybe the league is tighter than people expected. A win can take you up four or five places. We just need to start getting results.”
The points will need to start coming and, with Darren at the helm, Dundee will be hoping the defensive stability will give them a good base to build from.