McBride wants bragging rights
Kevin McBride hopes to be part of a dominant team performance at Dens Park on Sunday so Dundee can claim the derby spoils and he can get one over on Dundee United's John Rankin.
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McBride and Rankin lined up together for Hibernian, including in the Edinburgh derby, before each moving north and their duel will be one of the many intriguing battles in the Clydesdale Bank Premier League clash.
McBride said: "I might give him a text, but I've not actually spoken to him. I'll speak to him after the game and hopefully I'll have the bragging rights.
"John's a very fit lad, good player, gives 100 per cent every day, but it's a team game, it's not just about one individual. As a team hopefully we can shine through."
Dundee are five points adrift at the foot of the SPL entering this weekend's fixtures following a 3-1 loss at second bottom St Mirren.
The Dark Blues responded from the Paisley defeat with a 2-0 William Hill Scottish Cup win at Livingston and are seeking a fourth win in six games on Sunday against United, who won the first derby of the season 3-0 at Tannadice in August.
"It was good to get the win after the defeat against St Mirren," McBride added.
"The boys are in a good mood. We know it will be a tough game - it was a 3-0 defeat the last time against them - but we believe we can get something.
"It will be a good atmosphere and it will be a full house. It's good to have the derby back in Dundee.
"We're on a good run at the moment, but form goes out the window when you go into a derby.
"Dundee United will probably be up near the top of the table at the end of the season, but derby games are different.
"It's about on the day who wants it the most and hopefully at the full-time whistle it will be us."
Defence is key for Dundee to get a positive result, according to McBride.
He said: "The last time we gave silly goals away. If we can keep it tight and try to nick something as well, we do believe we can get something."