PAUL HARTLEY has been given a boost as he prepares his Dundee team for the visit of champions and pacesetters Celtic on Sunday.

The Dens Park gaffer was yesterday named February Premiership Manager of the Month after leading the Tayside outfit on a four-match unbeaten run. 

Dundee began the month with two draws against Inverness Caley Thistle and Kilmarnock before claiming their first victory over Rangers since March 2001.

They ended the month with a thumping 5-1 win away at Motherwell.

Hartley said: “We’ve not had a good start to March, but February was good.

“We’ve still got 10 games to go and it’s important we pick up as many points as we can. 

“One thing I would say about my players is that their attitude is first class day in, day out in training.

“We want to try and get into the top six, but we’ve got to look over our shoulders a bit as there’s not much between sixth and 12th.

“We’re three points off sixth and we’ve got to have a good run from now until the split.”

Rodgers, who takes his Celtic side to Dens Park on Sunday, had a 100% record in February but is unlikely to grudge Hartley his award.

If Hearts win at Pittodrie on Saturday, Celtic can clinch the title by beating Dundee.


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