Dundee manager James McPake has seen his injury problems ease slightly with Ryan Sweeney and Jason Cummings returning to training ahead of this afternoon’s clash with Rangers at Dens Park –  but McPake admits neither is 100% for the visit of the champions.

Dundee will already be without the experience of former Rangers midfielder Charlie Adam after he failed to recover from a groin injury in time although Leigh Griffiths should be fine after an ankle knock.

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McPake confirmed both Sweeney and Cummings have trained but will wait to get the all-clear from his medical team after a head knock for Sweeney in the recent Dundee derby at Tannadice.

“Sweeney and Jason both trained this week,” McPake said.

“Jason was very weak and we’ve been careful because he’s had Covid twice. It’s not Covid, I must say. But he was really weak. He did come in and do a bit earlier this week but he was struggling. He came in on Thursday and felt better and trained fully on Friday.

“He’s getting better but isn’t feeling 100%. As long as Sweeney is OK, I’d never risk him with a head knock.

“If medical people tell me he’s OK then there is a decision to make.”

 

McPake insists Rangers clash is why Dundee wanted Premiership return

With a bumper crowd expected at Dens Park, McPake is expecting a good game against Steven Gerrard’s side, confessing that games like today’s are why he was so keen to guide the Dee back to the top fight.

“We wanted to get into the Premiership for days like this,” he added.

“With big away crowds and a good home crowd and a very good atmosphere.

“It should be a good game of football and that is why we wanted to get back to the Premiership.”

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