Dundee United’s insistence that star striker Lawrence Shankland will be going nowhere in the January transfer window will bring a huge sense of relief to their supporters.
There have been mutterings of disaffection from some St Johnstone fans about manager Tommy Wright after Saints’ dire start to the season.
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 possibility of a Premiership play-off between Dundee and Dundee United has all but disappeared, with the Dark Blues now needing a minor miracle to avoid automatic relegation.
The death rattle of hope and ambition whispers hauntingly in the city air, as the football season nears its end.