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Dundee can avoid relegation - Gary Harkins

By David McDaid

Dundee captain Gary Harkins
Harkins thinks Dundee can pull off their own Great Escape

Dundee captain Gary Harkins believes his team can overcome their 25-point penalty to stay in the First Division.

The Dens Park club received the sanction from the Scottish Football League for going into administration.

"We're now 20 points adrift of Morton at the bottom but we're confident that we're good enough to claw it back," Harkins told BBC Scotland.

"No one in the dressing is going to give up on it now. We're going for three points in every game."

Dundee plan to appeal the heavy sanction which leaves them on minus 11 points.

But Harkins said the deduction leaves a sour taste in the mouths of everyone at the club.

"You don't know whether, if we'd had 25 points already, they'd have doubled the punishment," he said.

"I don't know if they were aiming for relegation.

"But we're confident we can pick up the points."

The people that got us in this mess in the first place have walked away

Gary Harkins

"It's disappointing. The people that got us in this mess in the first place have walked away.

"Those left are employees and fans who've got to pick up that penalty and kick on from here.

"So it was a sore one to take."

Since entering administration Dundee have picked up three draws, including coming behind to avoid defeat twice.

And Harkins feels the adversity has galvanised all at the club.

"It's a tough time and it's brought everyone closer together," said Harkins.

"You can feel it in the dressing room and when you go out on the pitch.

"Everyone at the club is a tight unit now and it's shown in our performances."

Fans of Dundee are considering not attending away matches in protest at the level of punishment handed down by the SFL.

They hope that by denying other Division One clubs gate money from their large travelling support, the league will sympathise with their appeal.

But Harkins hopes they turn out in force to support the team at home against Partick Thistle on Saturday.

"The fans have been outstanding. We couldn't have asked for anything better," he said.

"They're showing by the money they're raising and what they're doing to keep this club alive that they're different class.

"We'll hopefully get as many people as possible to come to Dens against Thistle."

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