Dundee face wait on de­fen­sive duo

Evening Telegraph (First Edition) - - Uk World Today - BY GE­ORGE CRAN

DUNDEE face a de­fen­sive headache as they wait on the fit­ness of both Julen Etx­abe­guren and Kosta Gadzhalov.

Etx­abe­guren missed the 1-1 draw with Kil­marnock at the week­end with an Achilles prob­lem while fel­low-cen­tre back Gadzhalov is also a fit­ness worry ahead of the week­end visit of Rangers.

With time be­fore Sun­day’s match against the Glas­gow giants, boss Paul Hart­ley is hope­ful he’ll have them avail­able.

He said: “We’ve got a cou­ple we’re wait­ing on just now.

“We’ve got a few more days, Etx­abe­guren is still strug­gling, Kosta as well but we’ll as­sess them over the next cou­ple of days.”

If both were to miss out, that would leave just two fit and avail­able cen­tre-backs in Dar­ren O’Dea and Kevin Gomis.

Mean­while, it looks likely care­taker man­ager Graeme Murty will be in charge for the Ibrox club at Dens on Sun­day.

And Paul ad­mit­ted he was sur­prised to see for­mer boss Mark War­bur­ton leave the Glas­gow side last Fri­day.

“I think it was a big sur­prise — you saw Mark War­bur­ton do­ing his presser on the Fri­day and then it changed within a few hours.

“I spoke to David Weir last week and you don’t have any in­di­ca­tion some­thing’s not right so it was a big sur­prise but noth­ing sur­prises you in foot­ball now I don’t think.

“It was done re­ally quickly but they’ve put some­body in tem­po­rary charge, they man­aged to get a good re­sult.

“Will they have some­body in charge be­fore the game? It doesn’t look likely but you never know what can hap­pen in the next few days.”

With the spot­light firmly on the vis­i­tors, Paul is keen to see his side take no no­tice of the me­dia cir­cus sur­round­ing the game.

He said: “We’re the sideshow for the game.

“All the at­ten­tion’s go­ing to be on Rangers, prob­a­bly more Press at­ten­tion at the game — we’ve just got to fo­cus on get­ting a re­sult against them.

“How we can get the three points and how can we hurt them.

“How we can ex­ploit weak­nesses.

“We don’t re­ally think about what’s go­ing on be­hind the scenes at Rangers.

“Ob­vi­ously there’s been a lot go­ing on over the last week but our main fo­cus is to try and get a re­sult.” their

Dundee’s Bul­gar­ian cen­tre-back Kosta Gadzhalov is a doubt for Sun­day’s visit of Rangers while Julen Etx­abe­guren has an Achilles prob­lem.

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