Scottish Premiership side Dundee has celebrated its ties to the Armed Forces at a crunch match with Kilmarnock.

The Dark Blues, who are working closely to raise more funds for SSAFA - the Armed Forces charity, wore a special military-themed kit for the Saturday fixture.

Money generated from sales of the camouflage strip will go to the organisation, while the club also let those who had served in the forces in for free.

Dundee vs Kilmarnock - forces ties celebrated

There was a noisy atmosphere as Dundee took to the field to face fellow league strugglers Kilmarnock at Dens Park.

Before the match kicked off, the ground fell silent to pay tribute to those who've served their country in the military and lost their lives in the line of duty.

Supporters were also able to get up close and personal with some of the vehicles and kit used by the troops of the Royal Regiment of Scotland.

The club is looking to forge a closer bond with the local Armed Forces community and the fans are right behind them. Stan Grewar, who supports Dundee and served in the forces, said:

"I think it's a great thing for both the Army and Dundee Football Club. It's great to see the club taking interest."

Unfortunately, the game didn't live up to expectations - with the sides playing out a goalless draw.

That kept Dundee - who had captain Darren O'Dea sent off after receiving a second yellow card in the 85th minute - at the foot of the table, although it did mean the players earned their first point in six matches.

Dundee vs Kilmarnock - forces ties celebrated
Dundee's Jack Hendry sporting the camouflage strip

Kilmarnock, meanwhile, remain in 10th, two points ahead of Partick Thistle, who have a game in hand.

But the game did raise some much-needed awareness and money, to help SSAFA support more veterans and their families in Tayside.

Managing director John Nelms said:

"They [SSAFA] do so much for the Armed Forces and the families that are here and left behind."

"When the soldiers come back there's all kinds of opportunities that are afforded to them through SSAFA."

Major Ronnie Proctor, Chairman of SSAFA's Dundee & Angus branch, said:

"Remembrance is not just for one day a year... [it] is for 365.

"I think the country's support to them [veterans and those serving in the Armed Forces] is very, very important]."

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