Dundee boss Barry Smith is looking upon this weekend's Scottish Cup clash with Livingston as welcome respite from their SPL relegation battle.
Dundee striker Carl Finnigan has suffered a serious setback just as he hoped to be returning to action.
It was a self-inflicted wound that defeated Dundee at St Mirren Park but they do live to fight another day.
Neil McGregor says the time for excuses is over now that Dundee have played six games back in the SPL.
Dundee boss Barry Smith has decided not to launch an appeal against the red card Colin Nish was shown against St Mirren at the weekend.
Plenty of plaudits may have come Rab Douglas' way so far this season, but Dundee's veteran keeper admits he would far rather be picking up vital league points.
Nicky Riley insists the Dundee players are desperate to turn things around for under-pressure boss Barry Smith.
Dundee's home game with Celtic on Boxing Day will have a 7.30pm kick-off, SPL chiefs have confirmed.
When John Baird was starting out on his football career with Clyde, he excitedly turned up for duty at the club with 19 other aspiring players on a YTS scheme.
Dundee manager Barry Smith believes Friday football is worth a try and hopes it will bring his team their first home win of the season.