SCOTTISH Cup hero James Vincent insists there is no chance Dundee will be lying down against Hamilton Accies – which can help his old club’s bid for survival.
A below-par performance from the Dark Blues on Wednesday night has the players determined to put that right, in what could be Neil McCann’s final game in charge.
That could hand the initiative back to the Caley Jags, with a win over Motherwell and dropped points by Hamilton enough to give them the play-off spot.
Dundee may have little to play for but they feel they owe their manager a good display, after their loss in midweek.
Vincent, who left Caley Thistle for Dundee at the end of last season, is focused on his own job. But if that helps his old team, then he hopes they do enough to get over the line.
“The fact that we need to get back to the standards we’ve set – it’s not going to play a key part in your decision, but you’re looking to put the result right and win the game. If that helps Inverness, then so be it,” said Vincent.
“We’re approaching the game as we want to win it. We weren’t at on Wednesday and Saturday is the perfect chance to put it right. If we win then the ball is in Caley Thistle’s court. Hopefully they get themselves a win and get out of it.
“I still speak to a lot of the lads and I hope they do it from their point of view. From our camp, we just need to get back to the standards we’ve set.”
It is not just Vincent that could do his old team a turn on Saturday. Nick Ross and Danny Williams are also on Dundee’s books and could play a part in helping their former club survive the drop.
For former Kidderminster midfielder Vincent, who spent three years with Inverness, he has been vindicated in making the switch to Dens Park.
A quest for regular first-team football, something which he struggled to get at the Caledonian Stadium, has been a big factor.
“I’ve been happy playing here, I’ve really enjoyed it. I’m happy with sustaining our Premiership status. We had an up and down season, even before the run of seven games (without a win),” said Vincent.
“You go on a run like that, change of manager and Neil comes in. He’s been fantastic. He’s given the lift we needed and kicked us on.”
He accepted that in Wednesday’s 2-0 defeat, the fact Dundee were already safe from relegation and Caley Thistle still had something to play for may have crept into their play.
“It should never be like that from our point of view, but maybe it did creep into our performance. They had everything to fight for,” he said.