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Hartley relishing Celtic test

Dundee manager Paul Hartley insists his side have nothing to fear when they host Premiership champions Celtic at Dens Park on Sunday.

The Tayside club are unbeaten in six games and picked up their first league win since returning to the top flight by beating St Mirren 1-0 in Paisley last weekend.

Now the Dark Blues are relishing the visit of Ronny Deila's Celtic, when they will be bidding to stretch their impressive start to the new campaign, and Hartley maintains they should be approaching it with genuine optimism.

"We'll give it our best shot," he said.

"It's the champions who are coming to town and these are the kind of games you want to be involved in as a manager and as a player.

"It should be a great atmosphere and we're really looking forward to it.

"We're on a decent run of form and are undefeated.

"The players are enjoying their football and obviously we want that to continue.

"We'll focus on ourselves as always and what we think we're good at.

"We like to attack and that's something we'll be looking to do.

"I think the supporters appreciate what we're trying to do and hopefully we can give them a positive result come Sunday."

Hartley added: "We're six games unbeaten, so we've started the season pretty well.

"The players are going into the game with a lot of confidence.

"We've had two good back-to-back performances with two good results, so we're looking forward to it."

Dundee took heart from their victory at St Mirren last weekend, and Hartley wants to see the same fighting qualities on show against the Hoops.

He said: "It's always good to get that first win.

"It was a hard-earned three points but all credit to the lads.

"We showed we can battle, which is what we'll need to do against Celtic as it will be a very difficult match."