Scott Still Doesn't Think It's All Over

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Byline: JOHN GREECHAN

A FEW short seasons ago, the Bell's First Division could regularly be relied upon to produce the closest title fights since Ali and Frazier hung up their gloves.

In the past couple of seasons, however, Scotland's second tier has thrown up more mismatches than rousing bouts.

Contrasting starkly with those final-day nailbiters which almost always involved Dunfermline bottling it, last season saw St Johnstone stroll off with the championship, leaving only Airdrie's late surge into the playoff place to excite those punters who maintained their interest beyond Christmas.

This season, with second place bringing no more than a [pounds sterling]250,000 cheque, even the prospect of a charge into

the Premier League via the back door has been removed.

In short, excitement is in short supply - even for the Dundee fans enjoying a leisurely wander towards the top flight.

Inevitably, the Dens Park followers are turning their thoughts to just when promotion might be achieved, and how they will enjoy being back among the elite.

Equally predictably, manager Jocky Scott is determined to take nothing for granted, at least not until the first D is being engraved on the championship trophy.

A home victory over Stirling today, while nearest rivals Falkirk travel to Greenock and Raith are away to Partick, could effectively give Dundee the title with six weeks of the season remaining.

Scott, however, insisted: 'There has been a lot of talk outside the club about how many more wins we need to make sure, but I am not interested. All we want to do is concentrate on trying to beat Stirling. It would be easy to start relaxing and thinking ahead to other

matches, but that is the last thing I want.

'In fairness, I believe the players are properly focused, because they know exactly what is at stake.

'We have started winning home games, and they know that if we continue picking up points then the sides chasing us will run out of matches. …