De­pleted Dark Blues

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headed the ball low past Bain to notch his 10th of the sea­son. This­tle looked to be the like­lier win­ners at this stage, but the in­ven­tion of Ste­wart and the com­po­sure of Hem­mings – as well as some hes­i­tant home de­fend­ing - soon put that idea to bed.

With ten min­utes re­main­ing, Ste­wart threaded a lovely ball into the path of Hem­mings’ run into the in­side-right chan­nel, and the pro­lific hit­man showed his class with a cute fin­ish through Scully’s legs.

Con­sid­er­ing those spare seats on the team coach, the last thing that Dundee’s man­ager would want to con­tem­plate is los­ing his star pair, and per­haps that is why he hinted af­ter the match that talks to ex­tend Ste­wart’s con­tract had kicked off. It was news to the at­tacker, but there is no doubt that if he keeps up his sparkling form, there won’t be a short­age of suit­ors.

He said: “I’ve not been of­fered a new con­tract yet and I know there has been some spec­u­la­tion kick­ing around. I just want to con­cen­trate on im­prov­ing my­self as a player.

“I want to play at the high­est level I can and keep on im­prov­ing. Whether that’s at Dundee, I don’t know.”

For This­tle, their hopes of claim­ing seventh place suf­fered a blow, but with rel­e­ga­tion not a se­ri­ous threat, it was noth­ing mor e than a mild dis­ap­point­ment.

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