UK time is: 02:53:47
Vital Login
Social Login

Choose your club

Other Sites

Network Navigation

Vital Partners

'If It's Football, It's Vital'

Lee Wilkie Returns To 1st Team Squad

Lee Wilkie and Ross Gardner have returned to Tannadice after successful spells in the lower divisions.

Wilkie was loaned out to 1st division side Ross County for a month, but manager Scott Leitch was hoping to keep the defender until the end of the season at least.

However, after Dundee United's humiliating 5-0 defeat at Ibrox, Craig Levein promised sweeping changes and Wilkie could be one of the players drafted into the 1st team over the next few weeks.

The former Dundee player wont play in the Scottish Cup match against St Mirren because he wasn't available for the original cup tie, but the defender isn't cup tied from the competition - because Ross County agreed not to play Wilkie in their own cup clash with St Johnstone last weekend.

"We had toyed with the idea of putting Lee out for a further month but that's not going to happen," Levein told the Courier.

"It's no secret that I've been unhappy with our defending and I'm not just talking about the last two games. It's been the same story in a number of the games we've won."

"There have been a lot of individual mistakes made and after the cup-tie is out of the way Lee will come into contention."

"Lee has added some sharpness to his game and looked good in training so he'll be in contention for the weekend."

Arbroath were also interested in keeping Ross Gardner at Gayfield Park longer than the original month loan period agreed, but the youngster might also be part of Levein's 1st team re-shuffling plans.

The 20-year-old joined the 3rd division side in December, with manager John McGlashan requesting an extension on the 32 day loan deal until the end of the season.

"Ross signed on a loan deal for 32 days to cover the Dumbarton match on January 13. If he still wants to remain at Arbroath and Dundee United are happy for him to stay, then we would look to extend the loan period for another month or until the end of the season," said boss McGlashan.

Related Links
Vital Football:
Dundee United Site
Latest SPL News
More United News:
News Archive
Levein Not Ruling Out Scotland Job
Dundee United Reward Cup Supporters
Preview: Dundee United v St Mirren
Sfa Name Candidates For Scotland Job
14 Dundee United Players On Way Out?
Levein - I'll Just Get Rid Of Them!
Rangers 5, Dundee United 0
Darren Dods Signs For Dundee United
ArabZone Set For February Launch
Dundee United v Rangers: GAME ON
Craig Brewsters Scottish Cup Success
Rain Delay To Rangers v United Game?
Have Your Say:
Dundee United Forums
All SPL Forums




Use your social login to comment on front page articles. Login using you Facebook, Twitter, Google or LinkedIn accounts and have your say!


Click here to join in the debate on the club forum.

The Journalist

Writer: Arab Jacques Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Tuesday January 16 2007

Time: 12:00PM

Your Comments

Good luck against Killie, Wilkie!!!
ArabJacques
 

Have Your Say

Log in...
with your social network     OR     with your Vital account

Recent Dundee United Articles

Derby delight for keeper (Thursday September 18 2014)

Tangerines target derby victory (Thursday September 18 2014)

Punishment enough for striker (Tuesday September 16 2014)

Frustration for boss (Saturday September 13 2014)

Spoils shared at Tannadice (Saturday September 13 2014)

Numbers add strength (Friday September 12 2014)

Duo doubtful for United (Friday September 12 2014)

Defender ruled out (Tuesday September 9 2014)

Chairman reveals bidder (Thursday September 4 2014)

Archived Dundee United Articles

List All Vital Arabs Articles
Have your say
Click here to suggest an article
Click here to suggest a poll

Breaking League News

Keeper praised following opener
Celtic : 18/09/2014 21:21:00
Celtic draw satisfaction from opener
Celtic : 18/09/2014 19:58:00
Celtic : 18/09/2014 19:51:00
Derby delight for keeper
Dundee United : 18/09/2014 19:35:00
Tangerines target derby victory
Dundee United : 18/09/2014 19:27:00

Current Site Poll (view all polls)

Would Sunderland be a bad career move for John Souttar?
Suggested By:  Vital Arabs
Yes 81%
No 19%