Ryan Dow knows he’ll be the pantomime villain at Dens Park this afternoon- but that doesn’t faze the former Dundee United man one bit.
Dow made over 90 appearances for the Tangerine side of Dundee. Being and still staying in the area himself, he knows that the rivalry between Tayside’s biggest rivals is fierce.
That follows you to other clubs as Dow knows too well. His Dunfermline side will look to continue their play-off push with a win against Dundee. Currently third in the table, Stevie Crawford’s men could extend the gap to three points with a win and potentially climb a point behind second.
It’s a big game for the Pars but Dow knows that an angry Dundee mob awaits him: “I will probably get the same abuse as I did the last time, but I’m looking forward to it. In the first game we played them this season I took a bit of abuse. I scored at Dens in a derby game there with United when we won 4-1 and I won there with Ross County.
“I am from Dundee so I contain myself, I don’t want to be getting abuse in the streets if I score again.
“Hopefully we will get a good result. Me and maybe Paul Paton, if he is playing as well, will get a bit of abuse but when you have played for United you come to expect it.
“The first game of the season seems a long time ago but I’m sure if we can put in even half the performance we did in the first half we will do well.
“I thought that we were outstanding in that first half, but it is over now, it was a point and they did well to come back into the game. It’ll be a tough one this week.
“Without wanting to say too much, if we start well we know what will happen. It’s not a nice place to be if you’re their players, especially if they’ve got 4,000 people on their backs. Hopefully we’ll put them under pressure.”