Under-pressure Dundee boss Neil McCann is prepared to “take the heat” for the club’s poor start to the season.
That’s after a 4-0 thumping on the road at Rangers left the Dark Blues bottom of the Premiership table with no points from five games.
The Ibrox defeat was their sixth on the trot, with Championship Ayr United dumping them out of the League Cup knockout stages in between their league fixtures.
And that has ramped up the pressure on the Dens boss to try to turn things around – a job he’s not prepared to shy away from.
He said: “I don’t mind pressure – I’ll take the heat for the results.
“You have to as a manager, you have to be big enough and brave enough to take it.
“That’s the environment we all live in, we all know it’s a results business.
“I’m disappointed for the fans but I felt on Saturday it was another example of us giving ourselves too much to do.
“Yet another game where we are trying to come from behind.”
Neil’s side were up against it from the off as a rampant Rangers rattled up a 2-0 lead within 14 minutes as Lassana Coulibaly and Ryan Kent netted – and it could have been worse had Alfredo Morelos’ strike in between not been ruled offside.
A James Tavernier penalty and Glenn Middleton finish made it 4-0 by the end up, with Kenny Miller receiving a straight red card for a rash tackle on 79 minutes – a decision the club intend to appeal.
Neil added: “It was a really poor start, we shouldn’t be leaving men spare in our box and the second goal was really poor from a defensive point of view.
“It’s a disconsolate dressing-room because we lost the game.
“We will appeal the decision (Miller’s red card), 100%.
“Kenny won the ball and, yeah, his momentum has carried through and caught the player but there were a lot of yellow cards shown today and I’m not so sure it was a game worthy of that many yellow cards.
“I spoke to Kenny and he said he got the ball.
“Yes, he caught the man with the follow-through but there were several challenges like that on Saturday and the card wasn’t brandished.”
Despite the dreadful start to the campaign, however, Neil has no intention to “chuck it” – and neither do his players.
He added: “The players don’t chuck it, I don’t chuck it.
“Yes, they are playing with a lack of confidence but there are sparks within games that give me encouragement to see they are good enough to do it.
“They just need a wee bit more self-belief, a bit more confidence to say I’ll be the guy that does it.”