Dundee manager John Brown claims St Mirren 'under pressure'

John Brown

Dundee manager John Brown believes St Mirren's Danny Lennon is under pressure from his chairman, Stewart Gilmour, in the battle to avoid relegation.

The former Rangers man claims the Buddies have lost focus as they bid to beat the drop from the top flight.

"I think they took their eye off it and just took it for granted they were in the Premier League," said Brown.

"Maybe their chairman too. Maybe they thought it's a formality when they were voting against the league proposals."

Gilmour sided with Ross County to vote down proposals to restructure Scottish football and has been a focal point of anger from fans and other SPL club chairmen in recent weeks.

Under Brown, Dundee have narrowed a 15-point deficit at the bottom of the Scottish Premier League to eight points.

And, with three games remaining, he is convinced that the pressure is off his side and on the team they are chasing.

"I think they're under severe pressure," said the Dundee manager. "I think the chairman will be throwing that on his management team, who will be putting the players under a bit of pressure too."

The match officials at Saturday's 1-0 victory over Hearts at Dens Park also came under criticism from Brown for the red card issued to Nicky Riley near full-time, with the Dundee boss claiming they have "lost the plot".

"It's a shocking decision, it's a disgraceful decision I think from the officials," he said. "If that is a sending off then you better just lock the gates up and forget it."

Asked if he was hopeful of winning the appeal against the red card, Brown added: "If we don't then the game has gone, the officials have lost the plot."

Meanwhile, midfielder Gary Harkins trained on Tuesday following a rib injury and could return for Sunday's crucial game against Aberdeen.

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