Dundee manager James McPake is anticipating a “testing” atmosphere this weekend when his side make the trip to Tynecastle to face Hearts – but admitted that there’s “nothing comes close” to the short-trip to rivals Dundee United.

The controversy over Dundee’s “missing” email which condemned Hearts to relegation at the outset of the Covid pandemic hasn’t been forgotten in Gorgie but McPake insists it is old news in the City of Discovery.

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After winning their first game of the season last weekend, McPake is hopeful his side can continue their recent uptick in form  but doesn’t think Dundee’s change of heart when the SPFL was suspended will have an influence on proceedings.

“Any time you go to Tynecastle there is an edge,” he told the Courier.

“There was an edge to the atmosphere at Dens last weekend.


“It’s a big crowd and their team is doing well so it will be a testing atmosphere. But it’s no different to us than going to Celtic or Ibrox. Nothing comes close to Tannadice for us anyway.

“The e-mail thing is well in the past, though. We have played them a few times since.”

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