DUNDEE boss Paul Hartley watched his side lose for the third time to Celtic this season yesterday.
But the defiant Tayside boss insisted his side have not given up on finishing in the Premiership top six.
The Hoops triumphed 2-1 at Dens Park – their third odd-goal victory over the Dark Blues – to leave Hartley’s men eighth in the table.
But the Dens gaffer said: “We have four games before the split, 12 points to play for, and we will have a go.
“If we get to the top six, then great. If not, it’s about making sure we are safe for next year.
“We were pretty comfortable in the first-half, but Celtic’s goal just before half-time changed the thought process.
“The second goal was poor from us, but we stayed in it and got the goal.
“Give our players credit, we never gave up.”
Dundee, in fact, have the opportunity to hand Hartley’s ex-Hoops team their sixth successive title.
They face second-placed Aberdeen on Tayside on the Friday evening after the international break – March 31 – before Brendan Rodgers takes his side to play Hearts at Tynecastle on the Sunday, April 2.
A win for the Dens outfit would mean the Celts would be crowned champions without having to kick a ball in Edinburgh.
Hartley added: “I am concentrating completely on Dundee.”