The Scottish Mail on Sunday

DENS MANAGER RAGES OVER COVID RESPONSE

- By Fraser Mackie

DUNDEE boss James McPake was furious with the lack of assistance from Scottish football’s Covid authoritie­s after his team eased through, as a seeded side, to the second round.

A Dens Park star tested positive on Friday and McPake sent five others home as a precaution. The club opted to err on the side of caution and exclude a handful of players from the tie.

However, no official word was received to guide them — despite their best attempts to press for an answer.

Describing preparatio­ns for the game that took the Premiershi­p newcomers to a maximum 12-point tally from Group C, McPake said: ‘Ridiculous, in my opinion. We did right by players who, by rules, were in close contact. We knew the player was positive on Friday at 9am. Why could the process not have started then?

‘I was told the club would be called back within half an hour to be advised on the others. We still haven’t received that call. If we’d been told we couldn’t play them, no problem. It’s got to be dealt with by better communicat­ion and in a more efficient, safer way.

‘Because no one told me I couldn’t play them. Potentiall­y, I could have but we didn’t.’

McPake knows the positive case will be absent, but he hopes the others can host St Mirren in the Premiershi­p opener on Saturday.

Liam Fontaine and Charlie Adam, taken off with injuries, should also be fit by then.

Cammy Kerr, Jordan Marshall, Ryan Sweeney, Jordan McGhee, Alex Jakubiak, Shaun Byrne and Luke McCowan were all missing but Dundee, with Max Anderson and Jason Cummings outstandin­g, showed their class.

Adam netted at the back post from a Cummings delivery on 12 minutes. On-loan Luton defender Corey Panter got a debut goal as Forfar failed to clear then Cummings teed up Christie Elliott for 3-0 at the break.

Craig Thomson assisted for two Forfar consolatio­ns as Stefan McCluskey then sub Grant Anderson tapped in. In between those replies, Cummings got the reward he merited coverting a penalty. And he completed a double with a header two minutes from time.

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 ??  ?? MIXED FORTUNES: Charlie Adam opened the scoring but was taken off injured
MIXED FORTUNES: Charlie Adam opened the scoring but was taken off injured

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