Tenacious forward David Cox has warned his former boss Paul Hartley that his Dundee side will face a fiercely fit Peterhead side this weekend.
The Blue Toon travel to Dens Park for the first round of the Scottish League Cup on Saturday in one of their biggest matches in years.
Cox, who had a fractious relationship with Hartley at former club Alloa, knows that walking away from Dens with a victory would be an incredible achievement.
He said: “They’ll be absolutely flying because Paul Hartley will have them incredibly fit.
“In fact they’ll probably be one of the fitest teams in the top flight this year.
“That’s the way Paul Hartley works.
“Travelling down there will be a really hard game so we just have to do the very best we can, if not better.”
Hartley last faced Jim McInally’s Blue Toon when he brought Alloa to Balmoor for the cup last year.
Despite walking away with a 2-0 victory Hartley will remember that there was little to divide the two sides, at the time two divisions apart.
Cox, back in the squad following a nine-month injury layoff, continued: “He’ll know what he’s up against but this time he’s got a better bunch of players.
“It will be on us to decide what happens.
“Obviously we’re not going down there for an absolute doing - our boys look fit and there’s more of a fight for places and that keeps everyone on top of their game.”
Peterhead club captain Steven Noble concurred with Cox: “I was talking to David about the competition for places.
“Even though it’s a small squad there’s massive competition for places.
“There’s no point trying to guess what the starting lineup might be but no one’s place is guarenteed.”
After releasing the likes of Conner McGlinchey and Kevin Buchan and adding Jamie Stevenson and Reece Donaldson to the squad, McInally has a considerably stronger squad than last campaign.