Falkirk manager Peter Houston insists Dundee United’s “huge budget” will ensure that his old club are formidable opponents in tomorrow’s televised clash.
Houston will lock horns with United, who are a point ahead of the Bairns in the Championship, on Saturday for the first time since stepping down as manager in January 2013.
The 58-year-old departed Tannadice under a cloud after admitting his concern over chairman Stephen Thompson’s plan to make cuts to the playing budget.
Houston, who won the Scottish Cup with the club in 2010, took no satisfaction in seeing United relegated last summer but insists new manager Ray McKinnon has the resources to make an impact at United, especially if he is able to recruit £1 million midfielder Tony Andreu on loan from Norwich City.
Houston said: “They’re a threat, when they can bring in £1 million loan players on loan they’ve got a huge budget.
“They’ve got a huge squad of players, they bring them from all over the world now.
“They’ll be a threat and it will be a tough game.
“But it’s in front of the television cameras and we want to make sure, on our home pitch, that we put on a show that is good enough for the fans – and hopefully good enough to get us three points.”
Meanwhile, United could come up against another familiar face next week.
Morton, who the Tangerines play in the Betfred Cup and then the league, have signed Gavin Gunning on a short-term deal.