Dumbarton are in grave danger. After six consecutive seasons in Scotland’s second tier, they were relegated last term, thus playing in League One this campaign.

They currently sit in eighth, only above Brechin City on goal difference. With City occupying the relegation playoff place, they have a game in hand on Dumbarton; a travesty for both recently relegated clubs. The Sons may well end up in the fourth tier next season if they’re not careful.

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And yet just three seasons ago, they were playing league football alongside three of the biggest clubs in the country. They were part of the 2014-15 Scottish Championship along with winners Hearts, Rangers and Hibernian.

What’s gone wrong for Dumbarton?

Bottom of the pile Stenhousemuir have conceded the most goals in the division (46). After them it’s Dumbarton, having conceded 39 goals in 21 games.

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Jim Duffy was only appointed manager in October, so this isn’t his squad that’s been assembled. He’s been left with Stevie Aitken’s side, of which he kept in the Championship for two seasons in charge, after replacing Ian Murray.

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January is therefore massive if the Sons are to add quality to a wafer-thin squad in order to keep them in the third tier. Here’s hoping Duffy has something up his sleeve to salvage their season and survive.

After all, they should’ve been considered amongst the favourites for promotion rather than relegation.

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