Barry Smith has called on the experienced members of his Dundee squad to lead by example ahead of their clash with Celtic.
The Dark Blues head into the match joint bottom of the SPL table, with four points along with Inverness Caledonian Thistle.
Smith’s side are yet to pick up a point at home but head to Glasgow having beaten Hearts 1-0 at Tynecastle.
Now he wants the likes of Rab Douglas, Mark Kerr and Colin Nish to help their team-mates.
He said: “They’ll be invaluable at the weekend to help the younger ones and ones that haven’t played at Parkhead. They know what it takes to get results there and hopefully they’ll guide the younger players through the game.
“I don’t think anyone expected us to take anything from Tynecastle and I would say no one expects us to take anything from Parkhead but there’s a belief in the dressing room that we can take something from the game.
“We will have to be at the top of our levels and hope Celtic have an off day but anything’s possible and we’ve got to go there with the belief that we can take something.”
The Dens Park men have had to adjust to top flight football quickly following their admission to the SPL.
And although content with their progress, Smith says many still have plenty to do to establish themselves at this level.
He added: “It’s still early days but we do see a progression from the start of the season and we feel as if we are getting better game by game.
“We have to get better quicker rather than leaving it too late. It is going in the right direction but we’ve still got a lot of hard work to do.”