Dundee could introduce Alex Jakubiak to their Scottish Championship squad against Ayr United this evening after a lengthy lay-off with injury.

The striker arrived from Watford in the summer but he has featured just four times for Dundee this season after a tough time on the treatment table. Jakubiak could make his first appearance of 2021 at Somerset Park.

Alex Jakubiak has a goal disallowed versus Hibernian

The striker arrived at Dundee from Watford in the summer. (Photo by Paul Devlin/SNS Group via Getty Images)

Manager James McPake said: “Alex Jakubiak could potentially be involved. We will assess that one as he’s trained really well with the squad. But it could also come a bit early for him. Jakubiak will be like a new signing. He’s a fantastic footballer.

“Squad-wise we are in a good place. He is one we have missed because once we get him firing he will be as good as any player in this league I believe. So him coming back is going to help us. We’re at the business end of the season where points are crucial.”

Meanwhile, McPake was disappointed with referee Craig Napier in the 1-0 Scottish Cup defeat to St Johnstone at the weekend. Danny Mullen was deemed to be offside as he scored with the game at 1-0, the Dundee boss believing the ref guessed on the call.

Dundee v Dunfermline - Scottish Championship

Penalty guess. (Photo by Paul Devlin/SNS Group via Getty Images)

McPake said: “In my opinion, we scored a perfectly good goal. I’ve seen it from three different angles and not changed my mind. He has taken a guess in my opinion. Credit to him if he’s got it right. What a call if he has.

 

“They initially gave the free kick for a foul on the goalkeeper and quickly changed their mind to offside. I’m told it’s a different signal with the flag when someone is offside to when it’s a foul.  At a time when you’re on top it’s really crucial you get a goal. If it is an honest mistake I can accept, but what I can’t accept is people guessing.

“There are people late on in their careers wanting a cup run, there are young coaches on our bench and on Callum Davidson’s bench too so it shouldn’t be down to people guessing. You have to be 100 per cent right. But, listen, in the end we lose the football game because St Johnstone scored and we couldn’t.”

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