Dundee Derby: Jordon Forster looking forward to Shankland battle

Defender Jordon Forster is confident his Dundee side can not only beat Dundee United on Friday night, but also keep free scoring Lawrence Shankland quiet.

The first Dundee Derby of the season takes place this Friday and one of the toughest tasks that Dundee will have to deal with is how to stop Dundee United striker Lawrence Shankland continuing his scintillating form.

Forster gives credit where it is due regarding Shankland, however he is confident that the work he and his teammates put in during training will help them on Friday night.

“Credit to him,” said of Shankland.

“He is doing well, well done, but we will see on Friday night.

“We will see what happens.

“They have started the season well and he has started well.

“He is a very good player, it will be a difficult task for us as a back four.

“We need to try to look after him and keep him quiet.

“That will obviously be our objective and come Friday we will wait and see what happens, but the work is done during the week and we are looking forward to the game.”

Dundee are without a derby win at Tannadice in 15 years, but Forster is confident that Dundee can come out on top of their city rivals.

“100% we can,” he said.

“We are very, very confident, we will do our work on Dundee United.

“Credit them, they’ve had a good start to the season, but we are more than confident of going over there and picking up three points.

“I think the boys will be very disappointed if it is anything less, and if you are in good form or bad form, derby week is derby week.

“You can come away with a draw and people say it is not a bad result, but as a player if you don’t win a derby it is disappointing.

“So, that is our sole focus, and we are working hard in training to go and win on Friday night.”

The game is a sell-out with around 13,500 expected to pack the stadium for the first derby clash since 2017.

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