James McPake is pleased Dundee go into Sunday’s cinch Premiership game against Hibernian with renewed spirit after recovering from the “shock” of Celtic Park.
The Premiership new boys were thrashed 6-0 by the rejuvenated Hoops at Parkhead in their second league game of the season.
However, Dundee responded by knocking Motherwell out of the Premier Sports Cup with a 1-0 win at Dens Park last week and are preparing to excite the Dees fans again when they host Hibs.
Boss McPake said: “The Celtic game gave us a shock.
“It was our third defeat in 19, we now have three defeats in 20. It is something we are proud of.
“I know it is different opposition but it is still a record to be proud of.
“We want to make that three defeats in 21 come Sunday. It is a group that is used to winning.
“We beat Motherwell and came in and got on with our job of preparing to face Hibs which is going to be a really tough game against a really good side.
“But I was really proud of the players last week in the way they dictated that game, I think there was 17 or 18 corners, we scored off our 15th.
“What does that show? It shows that we are attacking teams, playing in their half and having a go, which you need to do at home, regardless of who you are playing against.
“It was a really good and convincing performance but that was a cup game and it is back to league business.”
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