Dundee’s Paul McGowan insists side will continue to play without fear

Paul McGowan, left in a tussle for the ball with Kieran Tierney.

Dundee’s Paul McGowan insists his side won’t give up their passing principles and will continue to be brave on the ball – even against the best team in the country.

The Dark Blues gave Celtic a real run for their money at Parkhead on Saturday and could count themselves unlucky not to take at least a point from the game.

Instead, they left the east end of Glasgow ruing some missed opportunities with the Hoops extending their domestic dominance to an incredible 59 matches.

However, midfielder McGowan is adamant that Dundee manager Neil McCann will continue to encourage his players to have no fear.

The 30-year-old said: “To come to Celtic Park and play the way we did, I am proud, the gaffer’s proud and hopefully the fans who came through can go back and say we had a right go.

“You are expected to get beaten coming here. No disrespect to any other teams but they are superior – you don’t go a full season without losing without being superior.

“So why not come and have a go at them?

“The manager wants no fear. We will make mistakes, but who cares. He says he’ll take the flak, he’ll deal with it.

“That’s great for young boys coming through, having no fear and belief – you can see it in their play.

“They have to pass the ball and I’m big on that. We can also go long and mix it up if we are under pressure.

“Every manager has his own way. Our manager wants us to play this way and I’m delighted.”

Dundee’s Jack Hendry, who earned lavish praise for his performance from Hoops boss Brendan Rodgers, tipping him as a future Scotland cap, had to come off in the 70th minute of the game with a head wound suffered in a clash with Celtic’s Cristian Gamboa.

The Dark Blues defender needed five stitches in the cut but is expected to be fit for this weekend’s game at Partick Thistle.