PAUL DIXON has hailed Dundee’s promotion to the Scottish Premier League at the expense of Rangers.
Town’s new left-back is firmly focused on preparing for his new Championship challenge.
But the 25-year-old, who came through the ranks at Dundee before joining their arch-rivals Dundee United, keeps a close eye on events North of the border, where Town will play two friendlies – against Kilmarnock and Hibs – next week.
The demise of Rangers, who following liquidation will play as a new entity in the Scottish Third Division, means he’s had plenty to read about.
And while he accepts there are difficult times ahead, with the crisis at Ibrox impacting on every other club, Dixon, who played 111 times for Dundee and 145 for United, where he had four seasons, believes reports of the Scottish game’s impending death have been exaggerated.
“There’s an awful lot going on back at home,” said Dixon, who was born in Aberdeen but moved to Dundee as a youngster.
“Some people are saying the Scottish game will struggle to survive, and as I said last week, there’s no doubt the Rangers situation, which has been a real circus, will have really far-reaching consequences.
“It’s certainly not going to do the game much good, but you have to let the dust settle before jumping to huge conclusions, and you have to try to pick whatever positives you can.
“As far as Dundee is concerned, having two clubs in the SPL is good news.
“My dad went to watch Dundee and Dundee United play a friendly at Dens Park (home of the former) on Saturday and there were more than 10,000 there.
“There are three guaranteed derbies in the season to come, with the possibility of a fourth depending on where the two are placed at the split (the SPL is divided into two sections of six after 33 matches).
“Having Dundee, who have as good away support, in the SPL will also benefit St Johnstone, who are just down the road, and Aberdeen.”
While Dixon grew up as a United fan, he will always have a soft spot for Dundee, who signed him as a 12-year-old.
“I was there untiI I was 21, and as the club who gave me my break and helped me develop and mature as a player, I will always be grateful,” he added.
“Dundee were in financial trouble themselves when I was there and going into administration meant they had to rely on some of the younger players like myself.
“I went on to play more than 100 times for them, and that was fantastic grounding ahead of my move to United, which for me was realising a childhood dream.”
Dixon will be joined by fellow new signing Adam Clayton at a question and answer session for Town fans at Canalside tonight (7.00, entry free).