McCann Dee-light at derby cup draw

Evening Times - - SPORT - By MEL CAMERON

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.

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