They wouldn’t be mathematically secure in the play-off spots – but Dundee manager James McPake reckons that eight points could be enough to give his side a promotion chance.

Winning the Scottish Championship is no longer an option for Dundee after Hearts wrapped up the league title last week. But a win over Dunfermline this evening could give the Dee an eight-point cushion on the fifth-placed Pars with three games to go.

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The Dundee squad is strong. (Photo by Mark Scates / SNS Group via Getty Images)

Fourth spot would guarantee Dundee a promotion play-off spot, and while they will aim for second, McPake knows how crucial a win at East End Park could be: “Thinking doesn’t sit well with me, I want it to be mathematically impossible for teams to catch us.

“We get three points and then win our next game. Our next one after Dunfermline is a week away in Inverness so if we win against Dunfermline, I’ll be looking to that one to secure our promotion place.

 

“But it would be three fantastic points. It would give us a healthy lead over Dunfermline but there’s lots of maybe’s. I would love to be sitting at full-time with an eight-point lead. Would it be enough? It probably would but while it’s still mathematically possible for teams to catch us, I would still be uncomfortable.”

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Wanting security. (Photo by Ross Parker/SNS Group via Getty Images)

McPake heads to East End Park with next to no injury troubles, adding this is perhaps fittest he’s had his Dundee team all season: “It’s tough to get games in for the likes of Alex Jakubiak and Jordan McGhee (long-term absentees) so we are managing that.

“But we are very healthy. Jack Hamilton should be back in the next week or so. That will be a big help come the end of the season. This is as full as we’ve had the squad this season.”

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