Ifs, buts and maybes . . .
There were certainly plenty of those for Dundee boss Neil McCann to ponder following Saturday’s narrow defeat for the Dark Blues against Aberdeen at Pittodrie.
Most neutral observers would be in agreement that McCann’s men deserved to take at least a point from the game.
Dundee had a couple of gilt-edged chances and also hit the woodwork with a header from Marcus Haber.
However, when it mattered it was Aberdeen who displayed a ruthless streak thanks to Stevie May’s double.
The fact his second stunning strike came when Dundee were down to just nine men with Faissal El Bakhtaoui and Marcus Haber off injured merely added to the Dundee sense of injustice.
McCann will be keeping his fingers crossed that both will have recovered in time for his side’s next game against Hibs at Dens on Sunday.
Dundee have certainly had no luck so far this season on the injury front with Craig Wighton and Sofien Moussa needing surgery and the likes of skipper Darren O’Dea out for the next few weeks.
However, McCann has been in the game long enough to know that ultimately hard-luck stories are not acceptable and his side have to pick up something against Neil Lennon’s side at Dens.
It is still early days but there are no ifs, buts and maybes about the importance of the Hibs game to kick-starting Dundee’s Premiership campaign.