Dundee ran out of steam on their second successive trip to Glasgow as they were well beaten by Rangers.
After being the better team in a 1-1 draw with Hearts at home last Sunday they then proved their doubters wrong with an excellent display as they held champions-elect Celtic to a goalless draw at Parkhead on Wednesday night.
This wasn’t their day at Ibrox as the hosts scored through Kenny Miller on 39 minutes, Alfredo Morelos tapped in on 68 then Jamie Murphy made it three on 79 minutes.
In the final minute, man-of-the-match Daniel Candeias made it 4-0 when he smashed a shot past sub goalkeeper Calum Ferrie, who had replaced the injured Elliot Parish 10 minutes earlier.
As well as the goals, the Light Blues struck the woodwork three times so it could have been much worse.
The defeat leaves the Dark Blues now four points clear of Ross County, who occupy the play-off spot ahead of basement boys Partick Thistle. The Jags trail the Dens men by five points.
So it is all to play for going into the post-split fixtures.
The good thing, from a Dundee perspective, is that they don’t look like a relegation-threatened side despite this heavy loss at Ibrox.
That should stand them in good stead for the battles ahead.