Mur­ray is per­fect for Dee at Celtic tonight

Evening Telegraph (First Edition) - - Uk World Today -

DUNDEE will be sick of the sight of Mother­well af­ter yet an­other de­cent per­for­mance against the Steel­men yields noth­ing.

Be­ing thank­ful it’s not Stephen Robin­son’s side they are play­ing tonight, though, only goes so far and Celtic away isn’t ex­actly the pick-me-up the Dark Blues would’ve been ask­ing for af­ter Satur­day’s 1-0 de­feat.

It is the game that faces them, though, and one they need to at least put on a good show in.

Three points from the last 12 against teams in the bot­tom half have given Neil McCann’s men a moun­tain to climb, to say the least, to get any­where near the top six. That poor run has put the pres­sure on just when the fix­ture list comes to bite them on the back­side.

Celtic away fol­lowed by St John­stone at home then Aberdeen, Hearts and Rangers is as rough a ride as you’ll get go­ing into the post-split roller­coaster.

The whole world doesn’t ex­pect Dundee to get any­thing off Celtic tonight — the good thing is the Dens Park play­ers and man­age­ment ac­tu­ally do and that’s the main thing.

Re­mem­ber this is Dundee we’re talk­ing about — any­thing can and will hap­pen to this club.

Long spells of dis­ap­point­ment, oc­ca­sion­ally bright­ened by mo­ments of the un­ex­pected, is in the club’s blood so I’ll not be com­pletely writ­ing them off against the cham­pi­ons.

A big loss for the Dark Blues, how­ever, is the ab­sence of mid­field pair Glen Ka­mara and Paul McGowan, both of whom are sus­pended.

That means the Dark Blues’ abil­ity to keep hold of the ball will be af­fected and, if it was me, I’d be go­ing much more di­rect.

It’ll be in­ter­est­ing to see if Sofien Moussa gets a start tonight. He’s been the first player subbed the last cou­ple of games and hasn’t been much of a goal threat.

He is their only phys­i­cal op­tion, how­ever, with Mar­cus Haber in­jured.

Moussa might just be their way of get­ting up the park to ease some of the pres­sure at the back but, for me, a player like Si­mon Mur­ray is per­fect for this kind of game.

Dundee won’t see much of the ball and he’ll work his socks off but he is per­fect for a di­rect back-to-front style to catch teams on a quick counter-at­tack.

That’s not some­thing the Dark Blues of­ten do but tonight they might just need to.

Si­mon Mur­ray will be Dundee’s main goal threat at Celtic Park tonight as the Dark Blues face the cham­pi­ons.

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