DUNDEE skipper Darren O’Dea admits he will probably cover less ground than usual against Celtic this afternoon, but still be shattered at the end of the game.
The Dens Park outfit travel to Parkhead as huge underdogs against the champions and Premiership pacesetters.
“Hard work is the only way we give ourselves that chance.
“You have to put your body through a hell of a lot because it’s demanding both physically and mentally.
“If you look at the statistics, you probably run less in these games than you do most weeks because for a large part of it you’re penned in.
“In a normal game, a defender might run 11 kilometres while a midfielder will be 13 or even 14.
“You come off the pitch even more drained than normal due to the mental demands.
“Obviously, you want to get out and that’s what we’ll try to do, but most teams who go there end up on the back foot.
“So, while you might run less, believe me, you come off the pitch more exhausted than you usually do.
“You have to be immaculate in terms of preparation, both physically and mentally.”