PAUL HARTLEY, the Dundee manager, has backed Craig Beattie to come good at the perfect time for the SPFL Championship run-in.

The striker made a long-awaited return in last weekend's 1-0 home defeat by Falkirk after more than three months sidelined because of a knee injury. It was a mixed display at best, though, with the former Celtic forward missing a hatful of chances.

But Hartley said: "It's good to have Craig back. He's had a tough time with injury but has worked ever so hard to regain full fitness.

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"It will help him to have got 60 minutes against Falkirk. You have to remember he has been out for a while. I'm sure he will play his part."