Dundee’s James Horsfield insists everyone at the club has to focus on the positives despite the latest loss at Dens on Saturday.
The Dark Blues suffered their third defeat in a row as they were beaten by a solitary Sean Clare goal to leave them still sitting second bottom of the Premiership table.
On-loan Scunthorpe United right-back Horsfield felt the result was harsh on his side and that they should have picked up at least a draw from the game.
However, the 23-year-old has already switched his focus towards this weekend’s next challenge when he hopes Dundee will be at their Sunday best against champions Celtic at Dens.
Horsfield said: “We are disappointed as we have come out of the game feeling we should have got something.
“I think we just have to remain positive. We have a tough run of games coming up starting with Celtic at the weekend.
“But the only thing we can do is go away, keep working hard during the week and try to get a result on Sunday.
“We can take a lot of positives from the Hearts performance. We created chances and didn’t give too many opportunities away.
“Like I said, we just have to keep working hard and being positive.
“I felt like we were on top for the first 10 to 15 minutes but then we conceded a sloppy goal which we are really disappointed about.
“But we still felt there was something there for us.”
Not for the first time this season, Dundee were left playing catch-up after conceding and Horsfield admitted it would make a huge difference if they were the ones taking the lead in games.
He said: “We have conceded early goals in the last two games and we are having to play catch-up from there.
“It is another test when you go a goal behind. You have to change your mindset and tell yourself, you just have to get the next one and to start again.”
Struggling Dundee will be huge underdogs against table-topping Celtic on Sunday but Horsfield insists the Dark Blues are capable of producing a shock.
He said: “It is a tough fixture but we have to go into the game believing we can get a result.
“As a footballer, you don’t want to go into a game with any negative thoughts.
“You just have to approach it thinking it is 11 v 11 and if we have a good day and they have a bad one, we might get something.”