Paul Hartley eyes Dundee bounce back after Rangers mauling

Paul Hartley watched his side lose heavily to Rangers. Picture: PA

Paul Hartley watched his side lose heavily to Rangers. Picture: PA

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Paul Hartley insists Dundee have already shaken off the disappointment of last week’s William Hill Scottish Cup drubbing at the hands of Rangers.

The Dens Park side travelled to Glasgow hoping to seal a place in the last four.

But manager Hartley’s plans were undone inside the opening 13 seconds as Harry Forrester fired Rangers ahead, and the Ladbrokes Championship leaders eventually stormed to a 4-0 triumph.

It was a bitter pill for the Taysiders, who had been unbeaten in the eight matches leading up to their Govan clash.

However, Hartley says their painful lesson at the hands of Mark Warburton’s team has already been put to one side and he is now focusing on Saturday’s Premiership head-to-head with third-placed Hearts.

“Last weekend is not something we can dwell on,” said Hartley, whose side currently sit in sixth place. “Up until then, the players had been on a fantastic run, especially in the league.

“But that result is just one of those things. It’s well out of their system and the players are ready for Saturday.

“Last week is gone and we have to take the criticism. Everybody has their opinion of us but it’s all about the next game now. The players understand that we didn’t do well enough at Ibrox, they recognise that. We’re all disappointed, but in football you can’t look behind you. You have to look forward.

“It won’t affect the players mentally, that’s for sure.

“We’ve got five games to go until the split, the league is so tight. But we want to be in that top six and it is up to us to achieve that.”

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