Manager James McPake says the Dundee players have been ‘unbelievable’ as they return to the Scottish Premiership.

Goals from Danny Mullen and Lee Ashcroft sealed a 2-1 victory in the second leg of the Premiership play-off against Kilmarnock, the Dens Park club winning 4-2 on aggregate. They return to Scotland’s top flight for the first time since 2019.

Kilmarnock v Dundee - Scottish Premiership Playoff Final 2nd Leg

Dundee are up. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

McPake said: “It’s not sunk in and I don’t think it will for a while. We’ll enjoy this and a few days before building for next season. It’s the proudest day in my footballing career. I’ve had many sore ones but I’m not afraid of failing. I’ve failed a lot but I’ll always dream. I had a dream to take this club back to the Premiership but it’s now real.

“It’s not a dream any more. It is all about the players and to a man they have been unbelievable. The senior players have been fantastic and the belief has always been there. I knew the levels we could reach so I wasn’t surprised we could win a two-legged tie against any Premiership team.

“With the big-game players we’ve got, I knew we’d have a great chance.”

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