Dundee midfielder Paul McGowan has moved to praise referee Bobby Madden after he opted not to book him for his celebration in a 1-0 win over Partick Thistle.

McGowan netted the only goal of the game as the Dee ran out winners in Maryhill. It lifts them back into the play-off spots ahead of a big Dundee derby on Friday night.

McGowan scored a vital goal for Dundee (photo by David Young/Action Plus via Getty Images)

After taking some abuse from the home support prior to his strike, the midfielder wasn’t going to enjoy his goal quietly. McGowan cupped his ears towards the home support as he savoured his moment of glory.

His second in as many weeks, there was one fear in McGowan’s mind, a booking. He’s praised referee Madden for not disciplining him for the action.

“It’s two goals in two, so I have to be happy with that,” McGowan said. “It was always going to be a tough game coming to Firhill and the first goal was going to be crucial.

Relieved not to be in the book. (photo by David Young/Action Plus via Getty Images)

“I’m not used to celebrating. I was getting a bit of stick from the Thistle fans, so it kind of shut them up a bit. Bobby Madden said to me, ‘I’m going to book you, Gowser’. I said ‘what?’. Then he said, ‘I’m only joking’.

“He is one of the better referees and I thought he had a good game. It’s always good to get a bit of banter with them. To be fair, I didn’t run off the pitch. He’ll probably get stick for it.

“Last week we were 4-1 cruising, playing some great football then there was a mad 15/20 minutes. It’s hard to put your finger on it, we have worked tirelessly in training to stop it and it paid off today.”

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