Murray is perfect for Dee at Celtic tonight
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.