Writer: Arab Jacques
Date:Saturday January 13 2007
Craig Levein is disgusted by the way some of his Dundee United players have just given up and "downed tools" in their last 2 SPL matches, after another humiliating 5 goal defeat at Ibrox.
Dundee United lost 5-1 to Falkirk on New Years day and followed that with a 5-0 defeat by Rangers, but Levein thinks he has identified the culprits responsible for the embarrassing score lines.
Derek Stillie, David McCracken, Garry Kenneth, Stuart Duff, Mark Kerr, Collin Samuel and Morgaro Gomis are the only players who played in both of the last Dundee United matches.
Although, its unlikely that new signing Morgaro Gomis who came on as a sub against both Falkirk & Rangers is one of the players criticised by the Dundee United manager in his post-match interview following the 5-1 Ibrox defeat.
After the Falkirk match on New Years day, Levein described the performance as a "blip" after a encouraging win over Aberdeen and a 2-2 draw with Celtic.
"We were better in the 2nd half, until we went 3-1 down. Then we downed tools, which was interesting to see," said Levein after the Falkirk match.
Following those comments, there was some speculation about the future of several of the 1st team squad at Tannadice, but they may have played their last match in Tangerine after a dreadful performance in the 2nd half against Walter Smith's new side.
"This game tells me a lot about the players I have," Levein told the BBC after the Ibrox defeat.
"I look at some of them and I think they don't care if they lose three or five goals - that's just unacceptable. There are people who don't want to do things properly, who won't fight until the end of a match, who won't roll their sleeves up, and it's no good."
"A lot of previous managers have looked at it and tried to solve the problem, but I'll just get rid of them, it's as simple as that."
"The good thing is that the window is open and I'll make changes. Those who've been continually on the sharp end of these defeats will leave."
"It's taken me 12 games now to really be able to pinpoint the players who are not doing a job. They will leave so watch out for changes."
Date:Saturday January 13 2007
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