Scottish Championship: Dundee CEO Scot Gardiner believes promotion is 'imperative'
Dundee chief executive Scot Gardiner believes it is "imperative" the club win promotion this year.
Last Updated: 01/05/14 2:39pm
Dundee lead the Championship table heading into a final day clash against Dumbarton, and even a draw would be enough to see last season's relegated side clinch the title.
With Rangers already promoted from League One and Hearts coming down from the Premiership, Gardiner believes it's crucial they return to the top-flight at the first opportunity.
Speaking to Sky Sports, Gardiner said: "To have promotion back in our hands is fantastic, and for the fans to sell-out the game against Dumbarton in two days is unprecedented.
"Last season was nigh-on impossible for us to stay in the SPL. We were admitted into the league the day before the first game of season. This time, if we get the job done on Saturday, it will give us the summer to prepare for it.
"We've made no secret throughout the season that's very important we get promoted this year. You've got two absolutely massive clubs coming into the division next year in Rangers and Hearts.
"Even with their problems, they've got enormous budgets compared with everyone else. If we don't get promoted this year then it's not the end of world but it's imperative we do."
Dundee have enjoyed a superb run of form under new manager Paul Hartley, who only took over in February and can earn his third successive promotion as a manager.
Gardiner said: "We were very fortunate that Paul was available because he had won the league in his first year with Alloa and then went up through the play-offs in his second. He'll be on some sort of record if he can get us up three years in a row.
"There's no pressure on him though, I tell him that every day, this is Dundee and anything can happen."
And Hartley is confident the enormity of the task on Saturday will not affect his players.
Speaking to Sky Sports News, he said: "We're not really feeling any pressure but are looking forward to what should be a great occasion.
"This is a massive game for the club and the city and all we ask of the players is to give it their best shot and hopefully that will be good enough.
"We know we are in for a tough game against Dumbarton but hopefully this will be a great end to the season for us.
"I know a draw will be good enough for us but we are going all out to win this game. The players must keep calm, keep their heads in possession of the ball and put on a show for the sell-out crowd.
"There will be 11,000 Dundee fans here on Saturday which will guarantee a great atmosphere. Our fans have been fantastic home and away this season and hopefully our players can put on a good show for them."