Crowds at Tannadice Street before the game between Dundee and Rangers. Pic: I Davidson/DC Thomson

Aidan Smith: When Dundee wrestled with the two-headed cup-tie and won

OK, let’s get the jokes out of the way: Aberdeen have to go early and Hearts should be allowed to come later. The Dons play a difficult brand of football and I’m not sure it’s suitable for the primetime slots. If they were a film, Aberdeen would be a complex art-house movie, defiantly shunning easy, mainstream crowd-pleasing tricks such as strikers and goals as they seek a more cerebral appreciation of their craft. The manager Derek McInnes isn’t a director, he’s an auteur. Cries of pretentiousness are water off un canard’s dos as he sends out his players with detailed scripts. “That’s a journal,” quipped BT Sport’s Chris Sutton at Easter Road last Tuesday night, as yet more instructions were carried on to the pitch.

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