Rab Douglas appears to have played his last match for Dundee after it emerged the goalkeeper has yet to return to the club following his bust-up with manager John Brown.
It would be a sad and messy way to bring the curtain down on a fantastic servant’s time at Dens Park.
However, there appears to be no way back for Douglas who recently marked 300 appearances for the Dark Blues following the heated verbal exchange between player and boss in the build-up to last weekend’s derby.
Brown had brought in replacement keeper Steve Simonsen ahead of the United game as he felt a thigh injury Douglas had been carrying in previous matches meant the regular number one would not be fit to play at Tannadice.
Douglas wasn’t happy with the situation and told Brown so.
The Dens gaffer, during a radio interview, expanded upon last week’s events and it is now understood that the chances of Douglas pulling on a Dundee jersey again are extremely slim.
“I had to bring in a goalkeeper because Rab had pulled a thigh muscle,” said Brown. “We had a conversation and things were said. Rab was upset I like players with that passion.
“He left the stadium after that conversation. Did I tell him who was boss? Absolutely. Have I spoken to him since? No. Has he been in since? No.
“But things are happening and when that happens you will find out.”
Brown has also stressed that Douglas is contracted to the club until the end of the season and he expects him to see out that contract.