Dundee looking to cut gap at bottom of the table against Ross County

Ross County are five points ahead of both Dundee and St Johnstone at the bottom of the league.

Dundee looking to cut gap at bottom of the table against Ross County SNS Group

Dundee are hoping to cut the gap between them and Ross County at the bottom of the table to two points with a win at Dens Park.

James McPake’s men currently sit in 12th despite back to back 0-0 draws against Tayside rivals St Johnstone and Dundee United.

St Johnstone moved ahead of Dundee on goal-difference in the bottom two places with a win midweek.

A win over County, who are five points ahead of both the sides who occupy the relegation and play-off slots, would represent a major boost for Dundee in their fight for survival.

And new signing Niall McGinn, who starts again for the Premiership clash, said they must beat Ross County as he bids to help instil a winning mentality at Dens Park.

The former Celtic and Aberdeen winger’s first two games for the club have been goalless and he feels they can build on those results when they take on the Dingwall side.

He said: “For me, personally, it’s definitely a game we are needing to win.

“We are five points behind Ross County, so if we win that game we are two points behind them and it gives you a bit of momentum and makes teams closer to the bottom of the table look over their shoulder. We want to create a bit of momentum.

“I want to come here and use my experience. I have been at a club where most weeks you are winning games and I want to bring that sort of winning mentality.

“Yes we are at the bottom of the table and it’s going to be difficult, but the games are coming thick and fast and recently we have been keeping clean sheets.

“That’s a big stepping stone in the right direction. We need something going on, a bit of luck or someone scoring a nice goal, just to breed that confidence among the squad that can only enhance us.

“We need to pick up points as quickly as we can and we have a great opportunity this Saturday.”

Ross County, meanwhile, have shown some good form in recent weeks with draws against Aberdeen and Rangers for Malky Mackay’s men in their last two games.