Dundee will play their best team in every cup game - Paul Hartley

Dundee manager Paul Hartley
Paul Hartley took over from John Brown as Dundee manager in February 2014

Dundee will go all out to enjoy lengthy runs in the Scottish Cup and League Cup next season, insists boss Paul Hartley.

He told BBC Radio Scotland: "I really want to do well in the cups this year.

"It doesn't matter who we are playing against, in every round we will put our strongest team out and try to do well."

Last season, Hartley led the Dark Blues to sixth place in the Premiership but rivals Dundee United beat them in the League Cup third round and Celtic ended their Scottish Cup hopes in February.

That defeat by Ronny Deila's team followed a dramatic Dens Park win over Aberdeen in the fourth round, the stage at which they entered the competition.

Reflecting on his team's top-six finish in season 2014-15, Hartley said: "It's where I wanted to be. A lot of people said 'stay in the league, survive' but I thought we were better than that.

"The expectation now is to try to do it again."

Hartley expects to sign one more player over the summer to add to the seven who have arrived on Tayside so far.

The Dee have already signed goalkeeper David Mitchell, defenders Julen Etxabeguren Leanizbarrutia, Kevin Holt and Daryll Meggatt, midfielder Nicky Low and forwards Kane Hemmings and Rory Loy.

"We're nearly there," said Hartley, who took over as Dundee manager from John Brown in February 2014.

"We're pretty happy with what we've got so far. Nine have gone out, seven have come in, so hopefully another one in."

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