Survival may be assured and a ninth-place finish unavoidable, whatever happens this weekend, but midfielder Glen Kamara insists “the season isn’t done yet” for Dundee.
Victory over bottom side Ross County on Tuesday night put to bed any lingering doubts of the Dark Blues being dragged into the relegation play-off place.
That means today’s clash with Partick Thistle – the side currently in that 11th spot in the table – at Dens Park is effectively a dead rubber for the home team.
Partick, though, can still be caught by the Staggies and consigned to automatic relegation while also having the mathematical possibility of overhauling Hamilton and escaping altogether.
That needs a 13-goal swing in their favour and, however unlikely, that means Alan Archibald’s men will throw everything at Dundee.
Kamara insists the Dark Blues are expecting that and will be ready because they’ve got their own plans – giving their fans a proper send-off as the season comes to a close.
He said: “The season isn’t done yet and we’re looking forward to the last game.
“We want another three points and being at Dens it would be the best way to finish off the season and, hopefully, we can do something for the fans.”
Boss Neil McCann said he wanted five wins from their last five matches.
The defeat at Motherwell makes that impossible but four victories from five isn’t a bad way to end the campaign.
Kamara added: “If we could get four out of five I think the manager would be happy with that.
“We played pretty well in all of the games and we’ve been working hard in training for the last five weeks or so.
“Hopefully, we can get the result we want and have a good send-off for the end of the season.”
Going into Tuesday night’s game, a six-point lead with two matches remaining meant it would take a minor miracle for Dundee to be dragged into the relegation play-off.
There was no space for complacency, however, from the Dark Blues as they sealed an impressive 1-0 win in Dingwall, despite the home side throwing everything they had at the visiting defence.
“We didn’t know it was done, we were just focused on doing the business on the pitch and we got the three points so we’re happy,” added Kamara.
“It was a good win. We had a lot of chances at the end to seal it but it was a good result all in all.
“We had to defend well and keep them out. They were always going to have a chance or two because they were pushing but I thought we dealt with that alright.
“They were always going to come out firing but we needed to keep our composure and have self-belief, I guess, to play our way.
“That started working towards the end of the first half and from there we kicked on.”
The Finland international was a big part of that, too, as his control in the middle of the park started to get Dundee moving the ball as the first half wore on.
It’s been a regular sight for fans at Dens Park this season as the former-Arsenal man has excelled since signing last summer. That’s brought interest from a number of teams including Celtic and Rangers as well as English Premier League clubs.
So, has transfer speculation affected him?
“Nope, not at all. I’ve got another year here,” he said.
Whether the club can hold on to him for the remainder of his contract, however, remains to be seen with bids expected this summer.