Dundee playmaker Adil Nabi says tomorrow’s match at Rangers is made for “big players to step up” as they look to shock Steven Gerrard’s side and finally kick off their season.
The Dark Blues find themselves bottom of the pile in the Premiership with no points to their name with an unenviable trip to Ibrox ahead of them.
It’s been 11 straight defeats in Govan since a 2-0 win in 2001 for the Dens men.
With not many expecting a result for the away side, Nabi says that might just suit them.
“No beating around the bush, no one expects us to go there and get a point, never mind winning,” he said.
“However, in the dressing-room we think people can talk all they like but we have more than enough to get something out of the game.
“All the boys are in high spirits, it’s really easy to be down but as a team we’ve spoken to each other and we keep going at it – keep chomping, chomping, chomping.
“Hopefully, tomorrow we get a positive result and continue from there.
“Previously the record hasn’t been good but that doesn’t matter, it’s a fresh game and a fresh chance to get a result.
“Rangers are a big club and it’ll be a tough game, there’s no hiding from that.
“Obviously we’ll be up for it, too, because it’s a match at Rangers.
“As players, and fans, you look at that and see a big game.
“They are one of the big teams in the league and maybe they’ll take their foot off the gas because we’re bottom of the league.
“Hopefully, that happens and we can just take it from there.
“We’ve not got the results in games where we’d be expected to win, this one we’re probably not expected to do anything so it would be perfect to get something because our season needs a big result to kick on from.”
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Part of going to places like Ibrox is dealing with the hostile environment created by 50,000 home fans.
Nabi, though, has no fear stepping out in front of that kind of crowd and says the Dark Blues’ style might even help them turn the tables and get the Gers faithful on the backs of their own players.
He added: “As players you want to thrive off the big crowd and when there is that, with all the eyes on you, that’s a chance for big players to step up. Personally, I’m ready for that, I’m looking forward to it.
“It is what you want to do, when you watch football on the TV, you want to be involved in games like this.
“I’m looking forward to it and so are the boys.
“It’ll be a hostile crowd but, hopefully, we can get the crowd on their backs because we like to play good football and keep the ball away from them when they want to do that to us. If we can play our game and get the crowd on their backs, that makes things easier for us and builds pressure on them.
“Hopefully, we can get a result – we don’t care about the performance that much, we just need a result.”
At times this season it has been the other way around – against Aberdeen and St Mirren, in particular, Dundee got the display but not the points.
Nabi, though, is backing his team-mates not to let their heads drop as they look to get their league campaign up and running.
He added: “We know what our issues are and we’ve tackled them in training in the international break.
“We’ve been playing really well and not getting the luck we needed. Hopefully, we get that tomorrow.
“We’ve not started well but that doesn’t make us a bad team.
“We’ve got belief in the changing-room we can go and do it.”