Dundee defender Kerr: We would be fools to give up

Cammy Kerr captained Dundee at Ibrox in Darren O'Dea's absence

Dundee vice-captain Cammy Kerr admits the Dark Blues need to keep going in their quest for a first league win of the season after falling to the bottom of the Premiership.

Saturday’s 4-1 defeat by Rangers at Ibrox leaves them at the foot of the table with just one point to their name after five games.

And Kerr says they would be foolish to give up and accept their current predicament.

“Rangers were on their game on Saturday,” Kerr said.

“We were slightly overrun, their full-backs pushed right on and I suppose as a defender it’s my responsibility to hold that off.

“However, as a team we know inside the dressing-room what we need to work on. Hopefully, this weekend (against St Johnstone), we can put that right.

“We just need to keep working away on the training ground to try to put the things right that aren’t going well just now.

“It would be stupid just to get the head down and roll over just because we’re bottom of the league after five games — I think we’d be fools to think that.

“We’ve got a really good side and I’m sure throughout this season we’ll show the fans and the doubters we are worthy of pushing further up the table.”

It’s not just points the Dens Park side are struggling for — goals are becoming a rare commodity, too.

With just four in the opening handful of games, defender Kerr knows they need to find their shooting boots ahead of the visit of Saints.

The 22-year-old said: “It’s kind of the same old story just now if the chances go in. But I suppose we can’t keep saying we’re missing chances, we need to put them away.

“I think we’ll be confident going into the game, we need to be.

“We have been showing we’re improving as a team and it’s important we go and work hard to try to get a result.

“It was disappointing at Rangers, obviously. But you can’t dwell on losses, you need to sweep them to one side and use that sour taste it leaves in your mouth to kick on for St Johnstone.”

Striker AJ Leitch-Smith replaced Scott Allan to make his first run-out

New boy AJ Leitch-Smith made his Dundee debut off the bench on Saturday, with summer-signing Lewis Spence starting in the league for the first time.

Kerr admits it will take time for the new-look side to gel but was suitably impressed with what he has seen from Spence so far.

Kerr said: “We’re a close-knit group and, obviously, with boys coming into the team that haven’t played, it might take a wee while for them to bed in.

“But I’m pretty sure that, given time, the boys will settle in.

“Spencey was great. It’s obviously going to be tough in the midfield for him when he’s going up against boys like Ryan Jack, Graham Dorrans and Niko Kranjcar but he did great.

“He worked his socks off for the 90 minutes and that’s the least you expect. He played well for us on Saturday.”

Unfortunately for the Dark Blues, they have a couple of tricky fixtures ahead. First up is the visit of Tommy Wright’s unbeaten Perth men.

Then, in a break from league duty, the Dark Blues follow this up with a visit from “invincible” treble-winners Celtic in a Betfred Cup tie next midweek.