‘Harkins has got the swagger back’

Dundee assistant boss Gerry McCabe says Gary Harkins is back to his best after firing Dundee through to the Scottish Cup last-16 following a 3-1 victory over Falkirk.

Harkins has been made captain by manager Paul Hartley in recent games and led by example in Dundee’s 4-2 win over Partick Thistle with two goals and two assists.

The 31-year-old also sealed victory against the Bairns with a fine finish for the third goal on Tuesday and McCabe believes he’s reaping the benefits of hard work and is full of confidence.

“When you look at Gary and the way he’s come back last summer he’s worked so hard. He’s in a good place at the moment and the gaffer says it’s a good idea to give him that responsibility,” he told Peter and Roughie’s Football Show.

“He’s good about the dressing room, with the boys and the younger lads and you can see on the pitch now he’s got the swagger back. It’s been a good move for the manager to give him the captain’s armband.”

That win over Falkirk sets up a tie with Dumbarton but McCabe warned the Sons are no pushovers having been at the club as manager 10 years ago. Nevertheless, he is hoping to get one over his old side.

“You always want a home tie but we’re away. We’ve got the players but they’ll have to perform on the day.

“I know how difficult a place it is. I was there as a manager and when teams come down there they don’t fancy it – especially if that wind is swirling.

“We’ll do our homework on them and hopefully get a result which sees us through to the quarter finals.”

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