Having watched Tayside’s top three teams in the last week my fear factor has grown for two of them - the Dundee pair.
Tannadice Park rocked with over 11,000 fans for Thursday’s match against St Mirren, proving that the play-offs, no matter how flawed, are hugely popular and also that there is a great latent support for a successful Dundee United side.
The English Premier League is the best in Europe, and therefore in the world – four clubs in the finals of the two European trophies proves it.
In a week soured by sectarian bile and refereeing rows, I was glad to contemplate Scottish football in a more innocent vein.
I’ll be at St Mirren against Aberdeen today, but I’ll be keeping a keen ear out for the local teams in a period which could make or break their hopes.
I suggested in this column a few weeks ago that James McPake working with an experienced man might be the way forward at Dundee FC.
I liked the idea of a new stadium for Dundee FC, but increasingly doubt it will ever happen.
Alex McLeish’s fate was sealed by the 3-0 defeat last month in Kazakhstan.
Referee John Beaton faced the cameras after abandoning the midweek game between Kilmarnock and Motherwell, and explained that the fog had made things impossible.
The battle facing Dundee and Dundee United as the season approaches maximum intensity might now be more to do with the strength of mind of the players than their physical condition.