James McPake wary of ‘below-par’ Celtic talk

Dundee defender James McPake is wary of any suggestion that it might be a below-par Celtic side who travel to Dens Park tonight.

James McPake and Dundee are looking to bounce back from defeat at Ross County. Picture: SNS
James McPake and Dundee are looking to bounce back from defeat at Ross County. Picture: SNS

The Parkhead club have won only two of their last seven matches in all competitions.

McPake, however, while trying to put his own side’s 5-2 defeat at Ross County behind him, expects the champions to be on top form.

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Asked if he felt there was a vulnerability about Celtic at the moment, the 31-year-old former Hibernian player said: “I don’t know. Sometimes you think that and they come and are at their best.

“They have to win every game. They are coming off the back of a defeat and a draw so they are coming here expected to win as they would have been if they had been on a five-match winning streak. They are under a bit of pressure to win so they will be at it, I’m sure.

“It will be a strong Celtic team coming desperate for a win to please their fans.

“We were all disappointed [after Ross County] but we came in, trained and got it out of our system.”