McCann Dee-light at derby cup draw
DUNDEE manager Neil McCann got his wish of facing Dundee United again in the Betfred Cup following a penalty shoot-out derby defeat at Dens Park.
United sealed top spot in Group C and a place among the second-round seeds after edging a shoot-out 4-3 following an entertaining 1-1 draw in front of 10,460 fans.
And the draw quickly paired both teams together again at Dens Park next month.
United took the lead just before the break through makeshift striker Paul McMullan, but Mark O’Hara levelled just before the hour mark and McCann is confident his team can win the rematch.
McCann said: “We haven’t won the group but I thought we did more than enough to win the game.
“Ultimately, it’s about getting through. When I went into the dressing room it was quiet and I said ‘I want another crack at them’.
“We got one, that’s why there was a cheer going up.
“It was a great advert for Scottish football, two sides going hammer and tongs, the colour, the atmosphere.”
McCann had declared he wanted his side to play with “swagger” and show why they were the Premiership team in the city. And he had no regrets.
“I said swagger and why not? I’m not being arrogant or disrespectful,” he said.
“They should feel good about themselves. They retained their Premiership status last season when we looked like we were on our way down on the back of seven defeats.
“Why shouldn’t they be looking forward to a full Premiership campaign?”
In the other ties, holders Celtic will be at home to Kilmarnock while Rangers also got a home draw against Dunfermline, who saw off Hearts on Saturday.
Hibernian will host Ayr, St Johnstone are at home to Partick Thistle, while Aberdeen will travel to Hamilton.
Seeded Motherwell got a difficult draw against 2016 winners Ross County in Dingwall, while there will be an all-Championship tie at Falkirk, where Livingston will be the visitors.
The matches will take place on August 8-9.