St Johnstone missed out on the chance to move up to second in the Ladbrokes Premiership table after this defeat against Partick Thistle.
Dundee United slumped to their second successive Championship defeat after being comprehensively beaten by Inverness at Tannadice.
Tam Scobbie knows all about Tayside derbies having played in enough of them for St Johnstone.
For the second game in succession, Dundee gave themselves a mountain to climb.
St Johnstone fans can start looking out their passports once more with their side securing a place in Europe with this narrow but deserved win over Partick Thistle at McDiarmid Park.
Forfar boss Gary Bollan is hoping for a triple boost ahead of Saturday’s derby with Arbroath with the return of three key players.
Steven MacLean insists the next time St Johnstone have a chance to secure second place in the Premiership table, they will seize it with both hands.
St Johnstone travelled to Belfast yesterday for their pre-season training camp without David Wotherspoon who has remained in Scotland after having an operation on his wrist.
St Johnstone booked a place in the quarter-finals of the Betfred Cup after coming from behind to secure victory in a five-goal thriller at McDiarmid Park.
Dunfermline boss Allan Johnston admits the character of his side is really being put to the test after a run of five league defeats in a row.