Vital Football

Latest Dundee United News

Lee Wilkie Returns To 1st Team Squad

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

Win FREE pizza with Vital Football!
Select your team and get 50% off if they score twice.
www.papajohns.co.uk/football


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

Writer:Arab Jacques
Date:Tuesday January 16 2007
Time: 12:00PM

Best of Vital Scottish Football

Dundee United - United release striker

Comments

0
Good luck against Killie, Wilkie!!!
ArabJacques
18/01/2007 08:42:00
Page 1/1
  1. 1

Login to post a comment

Recent Dundee United Articles

United release striker

Dundee United have released striker Robbie Muirhead by mutual consent after making just seven starts for the club.

Paatelainen defends recruitment

Manager Mixu Paatelainen has defended his recruitment at Dundee United since taking charge in October.

Video: Hamilton Academical (H)

Dundee United are on the verge of relegation following their 3-1 home defeat to Hamilton Academical.

Not good enough - Paatelainnan

Dundee United manager Mixu Paatelainnan admits he's made mistakes this season.

Archived Vital Arabs Articles

Vital Arabs articles from

Site Journalists

Malpas
Editor email
Profile

Current Poll (see more polls)

Mixu Paatelainen was the right choice?
Suggested By: Vital Arabs
Yes61%
No39%

League Table

# Team P W D L Pts. GD
1 Celtic 35 24 8 3 80 55
2 Aberdeen 35 22 5 8 71 20
3 Hearts 35 17 9 9 60 18
4 St. Johnstone 35 14 7 14 49 1
5 Motherwell 35 14 5 16 47 -10
6 Ross County 35 13 5 17 44 -8
7 Inverness 35 12 10 13 46 2
8 Dundee 34 10 14 10 44 0
9 Partick 35 11 8 16 41 -11
10 Hamilton 35 10 9 16 39 -21
11 Kilmarnock 35 9 8 18 35 -19
12 Dundee United 34 6 6 22 24 -27
Latest F1 News
Latest Vital Boxing News

Recent Dundee United Results (view all)

Dundee United Fixtures (view all)