NEIL McCANN insists Dundee will be up for the challenge when he takes his team to Parkhead on Wednesday night.

The Dens Park gaffer was satisfied with his side’s performance in their 1-1 draw against Hearts yesterday – and reckons a similar display will make life tough for Celtic.

McCann sold central defender Jack Hendry to the champions in January and keeper Scott Bain, on the brink of a permanent deal at the Hoops, will quit the Taysiders when he becomes a free agent in the summer.

But the former Scotland international winger is confident neither will be celebrating after the midweek clash.

He said: “There was a belief and trust in our work against Hearts that led to a really good performance.

“You’re looking for the players to stay strong because sometimes the head can overrule the heart and you go into yourself – but that didn’t happen.

“We continued to play with purpose and I felt we gave them more trouble than many sides have done this season. That was down to our intent.

“We have taken a lot of confidence and belief from that performance.”

Dundee, who faced Graeme Murty’s men at Ibrox on Saturday, added: “It’s going to be a huge task to go to Glasgow twice in succession.

“It’s also a big demand on the fans to dip into their pocket for that, but, hopefully, they will have seen enough from us on this occasion to see that it’s doable because we need their support.

“The biggest thing for me is that when we are on it we can go to Glasgow and cause Celtic and Rangers (sic) problems if at our best.”

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