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19 March 2016
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Dundee derby could be last for some time

Dundee midfielder Greg Stewart admits he would miss the city derby if their neighbours get relegated - but he knows the Dens Park faithful have a different viewpoint.

Dundee fans will make the short trip to Tannadice on Sunday hoping to see their team put Dundee United deeper in relegation trouble.

United will be at least eight points adrift at the foot of the Ladbrokes Premiership come kick-off time after their recent upturn in form hit a stumbling block with defeat at Motherwell last Friday.

Dundee are aiming to get into the top six before the split so Sunday's encounter could potentially be the last Dundee derby for some time.

Stewart said: "For the fans I suppose they want their city rivals to go down and get the bragging rights, but as a player it's great to play in a Dundee derby. With the atmosphere, it's a game you don't want to miss out on.

"As a player, it would be quite disappointing, but they have a long way to go. You never know, they could still do it.

"I have always thought all season they are in the wrong place. I feel they are a better team than what they have shown, and I suppose they have been a bit unlucky. When you're at the bottom, everything seems to go wrong for you.

"I have always felt they have been a good side and they have shown that in the last few weeks.

"They have had a few good results and they will be disappointed with last week's result, because I watched the game and they were good in the first half."

Motherwell's win saw Dundee drop out of the top half of the table and defeat by Hearts on Saturday kept them there. That followed their William Hill Scottish Cup disappointment against Rangers and Stewart wants to get back on track at Tannadice.

"Obviously we were disappointed after last week's result but I still feel we have enough quality that will get us in the top six come April," he said.

"We want to bounce back against United on Sunday and there is no better way to do it than in the derby."

But he added: "Sunday will not be about football, I don't think. It will be frantic as it always is in the derby matches and it's just all about winning the game."

United defender Callum Morris believes this weekend's clash will be one of the biggest derbies in years because of what is at stake for both clubs.

"I think it's massive, not only for us as a squad, but for the fans and the club," he said.

"If we can give everyone a boost, obviously it's a huge game. Especially since, I think coming into this season we had only lost one derby in years.

"So to get a win in the derby and get the bragging rights back as well is huge for everyone. But it's just another game as well, and it's the three points that matter at the end of the day. But it's huge and can give everyone a lift definitely."

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