Paul Hartley insists confidence is at its “highest” level since he became Dundee boss as he prepares for the keenly-awaited William Hill Scottish Cup quarter-final game against Rangers. “We won’t take anything for granted, we want to kick on and win important games coming up”.
Rangers defeated Dundee impressively 4-0 on Saturday.
“But we came out in the second period and maintained our quality”.
But the former Queen of the South attacker is well aware of the threat Dundee pose with the likes of 20-goal frontman Kane Hemmings and fellow attackers Greg Stewart, Rory Loy and Gary Harkins.
“We came through the first one and it is how we handle the second one but I have real trust and belief in the players that they can handle the occasion”.
But there was still time for Lee Wallace to stride through the wide open visiting backline to add a late fourth.
At the moment, we undoubtedly look the better team – we’ve nothing to lose and so nothing to fear. Kane Hemmings has scored a lot of goals this season and has boys like Greg Stewart and Rory Loy beside him as well, so they will be risky.
“So they will be unsafe”.
“The players have been really good up until today, they had a really strong performance on Wednesday night and in the previous six or seven games and then today when it really counts, [they didn’t turn up]”.
“I thought the first 35 minutes we played super stuff and the challenge at half-time was to take that into the second period and I thought we did that”.
“We were very determined and 3-0 at the break was good”.
“There’s no point us getting too excited too early”. “It’s how football works sometimes, somebody gets an injury and somebody else gets a chance so hopefully I take it”. This was certainly up there among our best performances of the season.
After the dismantling of the Dark Blues, Wallace said: “I think it would be a great game if we got Celtic”.
“I’m really pleased for Harry in particular. I’ve been in the team a wee bit more regularly just now but maybe in the next few weeks I’ll maybe think about it a bit more”.