McGowan talks Dundee clash with St Johnstone

Dundee attacker Paul McGowan highlighted the importance of the Tayside derby against St Johnstone as the scramble for the top six heats up.

A home win on Saturday would see Saints, sitting fifth, go 10 points clear of the seventh-placed Dens Park men with five Ladbrokes Premiership games remaining before the split.

Paul Hartley’s men are two points behind Partick Thistle, whom the Dees lost 1-0 to in their last outing.

McGowan noted that Dundee will host runaway leaders Celtic and second-placed Aberdeen in their following two matches before a trip to Ross County.

“It is a massive game for us, it really is because we have some tough games coming up,” said the 29-year-old.

“I wouldn’t say it is win or bust but it will have a massive impact on where we are going to be.

“We can put a bit of pressure on St Johnstone as well if we go four points behind them.

“If Partick win and we lose they go five clear of us and it will always be hard to claw it back.

“So that is why we need to go for the win.

“It has all the makings of a good game.”

Saints lost 3-0 at Dens Park on Hogmanay but the Dundee attacker is a ” big admirer” of the Perth club, who are looking to reach the top six for the sixth successive season, albeit they have lost their last two matches.

The former Celtic and St Mirren player said: “We had a great result against them here when we beat them 3-0.

“But I am a big admirer of what St Johnstone do.

“They seem to know how to play the league for the full season.

“Tommy Wright has worked wonders and they don’t get the credit they deserve.

“It is still going to be a tough game. Yes, they have not been playing that great, they have had a couple of bad results but it can all change with us coming to them.

“They will want to give us one back after the last game, which I felt was up there with one of our best performances.

“That will add more incentive for them.”

Dundee attacker Paul McGowan highlighted the importance of the Tayside derby against St Johnstone as the scramble for the top six heats up.

A home win on Saturday would see Saints, sitting fifth, go 10 points clear of the seventh-placed Dens Park men with five Ladbrokes Premiership games remaining before the split.

Paul Hartley’s men are two points behind Partick Thistle, whom the Dees lost 1-0 to in their last outing.

McGowan noted that Dundee will host runaway leaders Celtic and second-placed Aberdeen in their following two matches before a trip to Ross County.

“It is a massive game for us, it really is because we have some tough games coming up,” said the 29-year-old.

“I wouldn’t say it is win or bust but it will have a massive impact on where we are going to be.

“We can put a bit of pressure on St Johnstone as well if we go four points behind them.

“If Partick win and we lose they go five clear of us and it will always be hard to claw it back.

“So that is why we need to go for the win.

“It has all the makings of a good game.”

Saints lost 3-0 at Dens Park on Hogmanay but the Dundee attacker is a ” big admirer” of the Perth club, who are looking to reach the top six for the sixth successive season, albeit they have lost their last two matches.

The former Celtic and St Mirren player said: “We had a great result against them here when we beat them 3-0.

“But I am a big admirer of what St Johnstone do.

“They seem to know how to play the league for the full season.

“Tommy Wright has worked wonders and they don’t get the credit they deserve.

“It is still going to be a tough game. Yes, they have not been playing that great, they have had a couple of bad results but it can all change with us coming to them.

“They will want to give us one back after the last game, which I felt was up there with one of our best performances.

“That will add more incentive for them.”