Dundee assistant manager Dave Mackay reckons that the Dens Park club can cause St Johnstone problems when the teams meet in the Scottish Cup this weekend.

The Championship side will be underdogs for the game against the Betfred Cup winners which takes place at Dens Park on Saturday.

However, Mackay is confident that Dundee have the ability to give Callum Davidson’s team a hard game. Indeed, he believes that Dundee may be more suited to playing against a Premiership side.

“It might sound stupid”

“I have said to people in the past, and it might sound stupid, but I think we are better suited to playing teams in the Premiership at times” he said (The Courier).

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Dundee’s Liam Fontaine celebrates a goal (Photo by Roddy Scott/SNS Group via Getty Images)

The Dundee coach feels that there isn’t a huge difference in quality between the teams, but that Dundee might not be as consistent as St Johnstone currently are.

Coming into decent form

“The gap isn’t that big between the Championship and the Premiership. I think we can step up to that level, but the difference is in the consistency – can you step up and do it on a weekly basis?” he mused.

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St Johnstone won the Betfred Cup last month (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

Dundee will need to perform well to defeat St Johnstone, and the Dens Park side do seem to be coming into form ahead of the game. They have won their last two league games, scoring six goals in the process.

One player who has performed well in those games in Lee Ashcroft. The defender has scored three goals in the two victories for Dundee. His aerial prowess will no doubt be a weapon that the Dens Park side will be looking to utilise in the Scottish Cup tie.

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