Police say they will have a robust security plan should Dundee have the opportunity to relegate Dundee United at a powderkeg city derby.
The announcement of the remaining fixtures has opened up the nightmare scenario for United fans, and the dream one for Dark Blues.
Languishing eight points behind nearest rivals Kilmarnock with just five games remaining and now with news of a new injury blow the Tangerines have been handed a home clash with Hamilton Accies first up, with the Dundee game their next fixture.
The derby game will take place on Monday May 2, live on BT Sport.
By that time the position will be clear as to whether Dundee can send United down as Kilmarnock will already have played their first two matches.
Match commander Chief Inspector Sandy Brodie insisted that officers will be on their toes in the build-up to the match.
He said: “We are aware of the potential significance of this fixture and we will be working closely with both clubs to develop an appropriate plan to ensure that spectators can enjoy the match in a safe and secure environment.
“Clearly the plan will be refined to take account of changing circumstances as the date of the match approaches.”
Despite the tantalising opportunity to relegate their rivals, former Dundee director and lifelong fan Dave Forbes insists it would be a disaster for the city should United drop down a division.
Local businessman Mr Forbes served on the board of the Dens Park club until current club owner Tim Keyes took control in the summer of 2013.
He feels many city businesses will share his desire for United to remain in the top flight.
Mr Forbes told The Courier: “I’ve probably got a different view from most Dundee fans in that I’d be really saddened if United were relegated.
“I’m a businessman and I would be hit really badly by it.
“My shop is right next to a pub and if United were relegated then I would no longer have Aberdeen fans or Celtic fans come in.
“I think a lot of businessmen would feel the same way. It would be a disaster for Dundee.”
Like many Dark Blues fans, Mr Forbes can cast his mind back to 1983 when Jim Mclean’s Tangerines claimed the title at Dens Park.
He is, however, adamant that he would still prefer his beloved club’s rivals to remain in the top flight.
“I always want Dundee to be the superior team, but it’s no fun without the derbies,” he said. “I’m happy that Dundee are the better team at the moment, but I still want both teams to stay in the same league.”