Dundee manager James McPake has been impresses with how well midfield starlet Max Anderson has performed this season.

The 19-year-old scored his first goal of the season in the midweek 2-1 win over Inverness, in what was only his sixth league start of the season.

Now McPake has hinted that the player might well keep his place in the starting line-up for Dundee’s trip to Tynecastle to face Hearts this afternoon.

“Done his part”

“He’s worked away, and he has played, he’s come in, he’s come out, and he’s done his part” he said.

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Dundee’s Max Anderson has impressed manager James McPake

“He’s one of many that we’ve got here that we believe can have a positive impact, he done well when he got on at Morton, and he done well the other night. Now he’s possibly got the chance to go to Edinburgh and play this time.

“But he certainly done his chances no harm with his performance the other night. I was delighted with him, and he’s going to have a good career if he can continue to progress the way he’s progressing” McPake stated.

Realistic about title situation

Dundee goes into the game at Tynecastle 15 points behind Hearts. But with two games in hand. McPake hasn’t given up hope on catching Robbie Neilson’s team, however, he is being realistic about the situation.

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Dundee beat Hearts 3-1 in January (Photo by Mark Scates/SNS Group via Getty Images)

“Mathematically it’s always possible. I’m not going to sit here and say we’re going to go there to win and catch them. They’ve got a very strong points margin. It’s going to be tough, but you never give up until it’s mathematically impossible for you to catch them. There’s got to be a realistic view, they do have a big lead” McPake concluded.

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