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Veteran keeper Bobby Geddes, 49, shocked at return

Dundee goalkeeper Bobby Geddes
Geddes revealed he was feeling a few "aches and pains" after the game

Dundee's veteran goalkeeper Bobby Geddes has no plans to prolong his playing career after being unexpectedly drafted into first-team action.

The 49-year-old came off the bench during the First Division side's 1-0 defeat by Raith Rovers on Wednesday.

And the goalkeeping coach admitted it was a shock to the system after nearly 10 years on the sidelines.

"It was a surprise. I was sitting on the bench, hoping to have a quiet night," he told BBC Radio 5 live.

Geddes added: "It was relatively quiet, just maybe not as quiet as it should've been!"

The goalkeeper was thrown into the breach early in the first half, when he replaced Tony Bullock at Stark's Park after the keeper sustained a hamstring injury.

The players protected me pretty well last night and I'm glad of that, that's for sure

Bobby Geddes

"Looking back on the game it was okay, but a bit nerve-wracking at the time," Geddes said.

"It was disappointing to lose the game because it confirmed we're in the First Division for another year.

Geddes was in goal when Dougie Hill scored but the veteran keeper said his age was not a factor.

"I'm feeling the aches and pains today; and probably tomorrow as well, I think."

Geddes said there was a cut-off point in terms of the age a goalkeeper could expect to play until.

"Individuals know when their cut-off point is and I thought mine was 10 years ago," he added.

"Being a goalkeeper, the players can defend you a bit better - especially for someone at my age.

"They would have to defend a bit better than what they would do for a normal goalkeeper.

"The players protected me pretty well last night and I'm glad of that, that's for sure."

Geddes began his career with Dundee in 1980, spending 10 years at Dens Park before moving to Kilmarnock.

He enjoyed a six-year spell at Rugby Park, in a playing career also featuring spells at Raith, Linfield and Brechin.

Geddes returned to Dens Park in 2008 and has been part of the coaching staff.

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