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John Brown says promotion 'favourites' tag puts pressure on Dundee

The Dens Park boss says gaining promotion back to the top flight at the first attempt is vital.

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Dundee manager John Brown admits there's plenty of pressure on his side as they bid to justify their tags as favourites for the Scottish Championship title.

The Dark Blues men finished bottom of the top flight last season despite their form picking up after Brown replaced Barry Smith in the Dens Park hotseat.

Bookmakers and pundits have made Dundee the side to beat in the second tier and Brown says his players will have to cope with the expectations on them.

Ahead of their first league game against Queen of the South, Brown said: "We are very excited.

"We are down as favourites to go up so there is a lot of pressure on us but our pre-season preparations have gone really well and all the guys are itching to get going on Saturday."

Over the summer the club have made headlines over potential American investment in the club.

Having added Peter MacDonald, Gavin Rae and Carlo Monti to their squad, Brown thinks he is well placed to lead the club to the title at the first time of asking.

Speaking about the importance of reaching the Scottish Premiership, Brown added: "I think it is massive. If you look at it with Rangers down in League 1 then you would expect they'll come straight up and you don't know if Hearts will go down from the Premiership. Dunfermline could come up too so the club know it is a massive incentive to come up first time.

"We've got good experience bringing Gavin Rae back to the club. You've got good experience through the group and we've got a lot of decent lads coming through the youth system too."

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