The prospect of seeing their team relegated by their bitter rivals is proving too much for many Dundee United fans, with 1,000 away tickets for next week’s derby being returned to Dens Park.
The live TV clash on Monday night could prove to be the one in which United’s Premiership fate is sealed.
If Kilmarnock beat Hamilton at the weekend, United will need to do the same against the Dark Blues to avoid the drop for another week.
This nightmare scenario of their city rivals dancing on their grave will mean the away end will have hundreds of empty seats.
United have been given only the Bob Shankly Stand, which has a 3,000 capacity, but it is understood that will be nowhere near full.
Dens Park Stadium Manager Jim Thomson said: “We can confirm that we have taken another 1,000 tickets for next week’s derby fixture which we will sell.
“They had been held back for Dundee United fans in case they wanted them but their sales have been sluggish.
“At this stage, it looks as though this is going to be first time a derby at Dens hasn’t been a sell-out in over 10 years.”
For in-depth coverage of the challenges facing Dundee United, see Tuesday’s Courier