SPFL Fans’ Preview: Dundee United are all set for silverware

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It’s time for the latest in our line of Ladbrokes SPFL Fans’ Previews. In the build-up to the new campaign we’re asking a cross-section of passionate supporters how they think their side will get on and who’ll shine this season. 

John David Hunter is our resident expert at TannadiceHe’s a passionate Dundee United fan hoping they make a swift return to the Premiership. He’s also in charge at the Dundee United FTD Facebook group.

Here’s how he’s calling it…

The Club:

If you could sign one star from the past…

My all time hero, Maurice Malpas.

Not showy but Mr Dependable.

I’m most excited about this season because…

We have a new manager and an exciting young team.

I’m least excited about this season because… 

We are down a division. Lost revenue means that we cannot keep players.

And we have a pink kit!

Two songs that define your side?

The United anthem of I Can’t Help Falling in Love with You. No matter how upset we are with the club we always go back because we love United.

And of course Ray McKinnon’s Tangerine Army! We always back our managers and our saying this season is ‘In Ray We Trust’.

Actor that would play your gaffer in a film and why?

Honestly, he would play himself. He is unique.

A young manager at a big club and he has confidence in what he can do. From what I have seen the players really respect him and play for him.

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Key Player?

Simon Murray without a doubt.
He is our main goal threat and he is thriving on a run of games. His ginger hair and the tangerine shirt make him so recogniseable too.
Our penalty king Cammy Bell will be worth a few points to us. He is a great keeper and will be back to his best with increased confidence, plus his experience will rub off on young Zwick, who is a great keeper himself.
I will get shouted at for this but big Sean Dillon will be a key player. Not because he plays every week, but his experience and dressing room character are important. He is a good pro and that can ‘rub off’ on the young boys.

Weak links?

Our centre-halves.

Mark Durnan seems to lack confidence, Lewis Toshney is taking time to settle and Coll Donaldson seems to forget he is a defender first and foremost and just clear the ball.

Headline Generator?

Ray McKinnon after winning the double in his first season (League Cup and Championship)

Young player to watch this season?

A product of the youth conveyor belt at Tannadice – Scott Fraser.

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League Predictions:

Your position?

We will be the Championship winners.

Title Winner?

Dundee United!

2nd Place?

Hibs.

Bottom?

It is a very hard league, but I think Dumbarton may struggle.

Top Goalscorer pick?

Simon Murray

Surprise team of the season?

Morton

With Jim Duffy in charge you never know what will happen.

All Odds and Markets are correct as of the date of publishing

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Paul Fulton

Paul is a sporting all-rounder with a particular penchant for tennis, football and golf. He has contributed to a number of publications, including the Edinburgh Evening News. Is most at home with a scotch pie and bovril in hand watching his beloved Hibs.