Calvin Miller has told his Dundee teammates they will have to be “brave” to escape Celtic Park unscathed.
The Dark Blues were thrashed 5-1 by Aberdeen at Pittodrie on Tuesday night when the only positive for them was on-loan Miller’s well-taken first goal for the Dens men.
The bad news for him and the Premiership’s bottom team is that he will sit out Saturday’s game against the Hoops because they are his parent club.
It could get ugly if Dundee play anything like as badly as they did against the Dons, something not lost on Miller.
He said: “We have a big game on Saturday and then two games after that before the New Year and we need to pick up points from somewhere.
“Celtic are the best team in the league, for me, and we need to be brave.
“We will need to come up with a game plan to take a point or all three.
“It will be tough because when they are on their day they are amazing.
“I can’t play in that game so I will need to keep myself right for Livingston and St Johnstone.
“They are all big games going into the break.
“I will be at the game and I will be hoping the boys do well.
“We need to get off the bottom before the break.
“Maybe if we can pick up two wins from the next three games then that would be good for us.”
Miller’s strike, which came in between Aberdeen’s fourth and fifth goals, was a good one but he didn’t feel able to really enjoy it.
He said: “It was my first goal and, hopefully, the next one will come on an occasion where we get the win.
“We are conceding cheap goals and making silly mistakes.
“We can’t keep doing that or we won’t get points.
“We are making it harder for ourselves.
“It just wasn’t good enough from start to finish.
“We weren’t brave enough on the ball and it wasn’t good enough on the night.
“I felt like we never got the chance to play.
“People weren’t showing and Aberdeen were the better side.
“They were stronger and took control of the game.
“It just wasn’t good enough and it is not like us.
“We didn’t take risks and we kept playing it safe – that is what cost us.
“Aberdeen took the risks and their chances and they won the game.”