The first team squad trained last night at the Kilmac Stadium following the late call off of our Betfred Cup tie with Forfar Athletic.
Dundee were awarded a 3-0 victory after a Forfar player tested positive for COVID-19. It wasn’t however the manner manager James McPake wanted to started the season although he admitted there was a bigger picture to the events of Tuesday evening, he spoke to DeeTV following the training session and said, “It was disappointing for the fact that we have worked hard during pre-season and all lockdown to get competitive football back. I know the fans were excited to watch it as well but there is a bigger picture here.”
“There is people’s health at risk and we have to, on the basis of that, do what is best for our staff, players and their families. Credit to the SPFL, they made the decision quite quickly and best wishes to the lad at Forfar and his family.”
“I think the right decision was made in the end, it protects our club as well which is what we need to do. Take away football and everything else, there is a group of guys there who have families who we need to protect and I think as a club we are doing a good job of that.”
“Getting the train on a great pitch. Credit to the groundsman for that, the pitch is in fantastic condition. We were hoping to get the game because we had planned for that and worked towards it but this is going to happen. We’ve been here before, not with Covid, but with games being called off and you train and the boys trained great.”
Subscribers can watch the video interview with James on DeeTV – click here