Dundee goalkeeper Scott Bain admits his second season at the club has been tough.
Bain dazzled last term in what was his first campaign in the top flight after manager Paul Hartley took him to the Premiership from Alloa.
The 24-year-old, called up by Gordon Strachan for Scotland’s international friendly with the Czech Republic on Thursday, hasn’t had it all his way this time round but is refusing to let critics get him down as he goes into today’s Tannadice derby with Dundee United. Bain, right, said: “It hasn’t been harder to perform. I would say it has been, harder to deal with the expectations.
“Maybe things you might have got away with last year, you don’t this season. A shot you maybe should have saved you hear the old ‘he could have done better’ where last year it would have been overlooked. But that comes with the territory.
“It doesn’t matter to me whether people think I am good or not – that’s their opinion. All I have done, and will continue to do, is give my all for Dundee.”
Bain expects some abuse from the home fans today but would much rather that than playing in front of just a few supporters as he did while in the lower leagues.
He said: “I always expect stick – goalkeepers always get it.
“It was worse when it was ten people behind the goal, when it’s so many people it’s just a blur and doesn’t bother me at all.”
Dundee are favourites this afternoon as they take on bottom-club United and Bain insists the Dark Blues are only looking up as the business end of the season approaches.
He said: “It’s hard to tell how things will go. You have to go into every derby as if it’s a one-off. All it takes is one piece of quality like what Greg Stewart did down the road at Tannadice at the start of the season, or some kind of mistake. That’s what decides these encounters.
“We are not looking down to the play-offs or the relegation battle. We are only looking down to the couple of positions below us as they have caught us up a little.
“The squad know what our aims are. And they haven’t changed.”