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German striker Andris Shala could almost certainly do the business in the centre of defence according to Dundee United manager Peter Houston.

The 21-year-old was actually brought to Tannadice as a front-runner by former boss Craig Levein a couple of years ago.

However, with such as Jon Daly, David Goodwillie and Francisco Sandaza regularly competing against him, Houston took the opportunity to field 6'3" Shala as a centre-back in last week's Oban tournament and then again in the latest friendly with Unirea Urziceni.

And the Arabs chief saw enough to believe that he could probably successfully cope with the switch from front to back.

"'I think Andis Shala has got a future as a centre-half," Houston told The Scotsman. "Some people cope better when they see the game in front of them rather than behind them. Shala, long-term, might be one of those types of players."

United take on Polish outfit Arka Gydnia in their latest pre-season game today.

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