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.
Dundee boss Neil McCann insists his players can stop Celtic’s domestic domination and progress to the semi-finals of the Betfred Cup – but only if they have 100% belief in their ability to do so.
St Johnstone bravely went toe to toe with runaway league leaders Celtic but ultimately left the East End of Glasgow empty-handed.
Dundee’s Marcus Haber defiantly insists the trip to Celtic Park this weekend is not a “Mission Impossible”.
It was suggested to me at Parkhead on Saturday by a fellow journalist that after the “free hit” game against Celtic, Dundee faced three matches in the space of a week that could make or break their season.
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 boss Ray McKinnon believes his side have built up a fair head of steam ahead of next week’s derby at Dens.
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.