Dundee boss James McPake is looking forward to a reunion with interim Inverness manager Neil McCann when the teams meet at Dens Park tonight.

McCann was Dundee manager when McPake started his coaching career with the Dens Park club, and he is eager to pit his wits against the former Dundee legend.

He just regrets that no fans will be in attendance at Dens Park to give McCann the kind of reception that McPake believes he deserves.

“He was a legend”

“I think he (McCann) probably would have deserved a bit of a welcome. As a player he was a legend of the football club. He had a real good time keeping them up (as manager)” he said.

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Former Dundee manager Neil McCann (Photo by Mark Runnacles/Getty Images)


“I’ve not got a bad word to say about Neil. Neil was great to me, he really was. In terms of allowing me to go and make mistakes with the under-18s, and then giving advice. He’s a fantastic coach” McPake stated.

Praised former manager

McPake also praised McCann for stepping in to take over at Inverness whilst manager John Robertson is on compassionate leave.

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Dundee manager James McPake will face Neil McCann tonight (Photo by Euan Cherry/SNS Group via Getty Images)

“I think what Neil is doing is fantastic. I just hope his rewards come after Tuesday night. But look, it’ll be good to see him. As I say, not a bad word to say, and he’ll be good for them (Inverness) McPake concluded.

The game at Dens Park is big for both teams. Dundee will be looking to win a first win in five games to back into the Championship play-off places. Whilst Inverness will want the points to move away from the bottom half of the table.

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