Dundee manager James McPake believes 90 Scottish Premiership minutes for Leigh Griffiths will do the Celtic loanee ‘the world of good.’

The Scotland international made his second Dens Park debut – having been with the club between 2009-2011 – during Saturday’s 0-0 draw with Livingston. Griffiths arrived on loan from Celtic on the final day of the summer transfer window. McPake knows Griffiths still needs to work on his match sharpness, but the early signs are positive.

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The Celtic loanee played 90 minutes against ex-club Livingston. (Photo by Craig Mercer/MB Media/Getty Images)

The Dundee manager said: “I’m delighted Leigh got through the full game. It’s always a risk when he hasn’t done that for so long. He’s been working really hard at Celtic and since coming here, so that’s why he was able to get through it. That’ll have done him the world of good. He’ll always carry a threat, he’s got a wee bit to go in terms of sharpness.

“We’ll work on that. He didn’t want to come off. The goals will come, he’s proved that throughout his career. We had three or four really good chances in the first half that we’ve got to be scoring.

 

“We could’ve been comfortable in the first half. Second half was just a really poor game. It just became a battle. What I was happy with was how we defended our box.”

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