The Scottish Mail on Sunday
DENS MANAGER RAGES OVER COVID RESPONSE
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.