It was a bleary-eyed group of Dundee players and backroom staff who jetted into a sweltering Budapest this morning.
Prior to Saturday’s Scottish Cup tie between Dumbarton and Dundee, I was convinced that the Dark Blues’ superior firepower would be enough to take them comfortably through to the quarter-finals.
Following an at times hair-raising 45-minute taxi ride from the centre of Budapest today, I had my first look at Dundee’s state-of-the-art Globall Football Park training centre.
Now that Dundee have played all of the other Premiership sides, it is perhaps time to reflect upon how the campaign has gone so far.
Football club chief executives, or whatever other title the main behind-the-scenes operators are given, are always dividers of opinion.
Through the whole laborious process of the American investment in Dundee Football Club I’m sure I wasn’t alone in having a foot in the cautious optimism and cautious scepticism camps.