Dundee striker Jason Cummings has had play-off pain before – but he says younger players in the Dee dressing room must relish the chance to earn promotion.

The Dens Park club – alongside Dunfermline and Raith Rovers – have finished in the Scottish Championship’s promotion play-off spots and will compete to play 11th placed Premiership opposition next month for a chance to play top-flight football next season.

Cummings and Dundee are looking up.

Cummings and Dundee are looking up. (Photo by Mark Runnacles/Getty Images)

He was promoted during a loan spell with Luton Town while heartbreak descended at Hibs, but Cummings says Dundee are more than capable of heading back to Scottish football’s top table.

The Dundee forward said after a crucial 2-1 win over Raith: “We’ve got a lot of experienced guys in the dressing room, me included. I am not a young lad any more. I have been there myself with the play-offs. I don’t want to think about that too much – I’ve still got PTSD!

 

“When I first broke through at Hibs we ended up playing Hamilton and going down. I missed a penalty so that wasn’t great. But on the flip side, I also went up with Hibs. I have told the lads here that there is nothing better. What a feeling it is when you are playing well and you get that promotion. The party after and everything makes it all worth it.

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Promotion party was one to savour. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty)

“So I am hoping I can do that at Dundee. It is good that we have secured the play-offs. So if the worst comes to the worst and we don’t make second, we can still be confident we can go up finishing third. If we manage to get through to play the Premiership side, they will not be feeling too confident playing us either.

“Personally, I want to be playing in the Premiership against the bigger teams like Rangers and Celtic. It is the same with the club. Dundee is a big club with good fans here. It is a team that is capable of being in the top flight as well. I have come here to do my best to get us up there.”

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