Another week, another new Audi. Two new Audis, in fact. The German car maker has announced a couple more additions to its Q line up of SUVs. The Q4 is a coupe-SUV hybrid that will go up against the BMW X4 and Mercedes GLC Coupe. As its name suggests, it’ll be positioned between the compact Q3 and bigger Q5. At the other end of the scale is the Q8, which will go head to head against the Range Rover. It’s lower and sleeker than the Q7 Audi is also producing. In concept form, it sat only four people, although it seems likely the production version will be a five seater. There’s a 630 litre boot as well. Eagle eyed Audi followers will notice the only SUV slots left to fill are the Q1 and Q6. Watch this space...
Dundee United hope to complete the signing of Hibs midfielder Fraser Fyvie today. Although the deal is not yet done, contrary to reports elsewhere, talks have gone well and the player is expected to arrive at Tannadice to meet manager Ray McKinnon. The 24-year-old was part of the Easter Road side that clinched the Championship title last season, while United failed to go up via the play-offs. The ex-Aberdeen and Wigan man would be the second former Hibee to make the switch to the Tangerines following on from striker James Keatings. A former Scotland under-21 player, Fyvie would become McKinnon’s fifth signing of the summer and join Keatings, Billy King, Tam Scobbie and Paul McMullan in the reshaped United squad.
Tam Scobbie would love to win the Championship title and help ease Fraser Fyvie's injury agony. Dundee United have been left reeling from the news that Fyvie’s season is over because of cruciate ligament damage to his knee. The bombshell announcement arrived on the eve of their crucial top-of-the-table clash away to league leaders St Mirren in Paisley tonight. Scobbie, who has suffered more than his fair share of injury woes himself, said he was left “gutted” when he heard the scan results but promised that the rest of the Tangerines will do all they can to clinch promotion and hopefully welcome back Fyvie as a top-flight player in the summer. Scobbie said: “Getting into the Premiership has always been the aim and, hopefully, we can now do it for Fraser. “I am gutted for the boy. “It looked like a nothing challenge at the time so to have that kind of result is very unfortunate. “He has been brilliant from the first minute he stepped into the door. “We are now going to play against St Mirren and the manager has put it into our heads to do it for Fraser because he was on a great run of form, scoring goals and playing the way people know he should be playing. “It is gutting for him as a person and also for us as a team to lose a player who is so influential. “He works really hard and has got himself into great shape this year. We’ve seen that from his performances. “As long as we keep winning games, hopefully by the time Fraser is back fit he will be coming into a Premiership team. “Fraser has certainly shown that he is a Premiership quality player. “This season, he has been exceptional in every game and scored some crackers. “He ticks the team over in central midfield so we will miss him.” Scobbie has been in touch with Fyvie by text and expects to be able to chat to him in person soon. “I’m sure he’ll be in to see the boys over the next few days,” said the former St Johnstone defender. “I texted him straight afterwards to say ‘keep your head up’ and I wished him all the best. “The boys will make sure his spirits stay high and he will be around the place. “It is horrible being out injured for a long time and sometimes you don’t even want to go and watch games because you are not involved. “Even when the guys are playing well and winning as a group you feel like the one in the background not participating or giving something to the team. “But I’m sure me and the rest of the boys will make sure that doesn’t happen with Fraser. “He has been a massive part of our success and we are now a good way through the season so we’ll make sure he’s involved in everything that’s going on.” As for tonight’s game, Scobbie added: “We would love to be top at new year but it will be a really tough game. “St Mirren will be galvanised by the fact they were 2-0 down in their last game (against Queen of the South) and came back to win 3-2. “We’re on a right good run, too, though. “So it’s two form teams in the Championship. “They will be confident at home as last time there they turned us over quite comfortably, while we won at Tannadice. “It is all set up to be a fantastic game and we are raring to go.”
Dundee United have secured a major boost by signing Fraser Fyvie on a new two-year deal. The former Hibs and Aberdeen man was one of the few highlights in a miserable 2017/18 campaign and will be a major part of the club's promotion effort next season. Fyvie scored three goals in an injury-hit season but showed the fighting spirit United will need to end their three-year spell in the Championship. United boss Csaba Laszlo said: "Fraser's performances and professionalism were clear to me when I became manager, and he is an important player for us. "Him signing is excellent news as we build our squad ahead of the 2018/19 season." Fyvie said: "I am delighted to continue my career here at United. I was enjoying my football last season, and the club has been excellent during my rehab. "As I continue towards full fitness, I cannot wait to get back out playing for United." https://twitter.com/F_FYVIE/status/986240849984962560
Dundee United boss Ray McKinnon has lavished praise on Fraser Fyvie with the manager admitting he has been taken aback by just how good the midfielder is. The 24-year-old joined the Tangerines at the start of August and had to play catch-up fitness-wise after missing out on pre-season. Now though, Fyvie, who has won the FA Cup with Wigan and the Scottish Cup with Hibs, is fully up to speed, netting two goals in United’s last league game against Dunfermline, and McKinnon is mightily impressed. When asked if Fyvie was even better than he thought when he signed him, the manager said: “Miles. I knew he was a good player but when you watch him training . . . “I said to him yesterday, whatever you are doing, keep doing it. “His training has been unbelievable. He just controls things. “Fraser seems to have been around forever playing for Aberdeen and down at Wigan in the FA Cup final but he is still only 24. “He is the first one in at training and he heads straight for the gym. He is really focused and is just a very good pro. “If we can keep him fit, the way he is playing just now, it will be frightening. Fraser will be a top, top player for us. He has everything.”
A Fraser Fyvie masterclass helped Dundee United stamp their authority back on the Championship with a remarkable win over Dunfermline. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xydHMX1Bb4I Going into this much-anticipated fixture at East End Park, the Pars were sitting pretty at the top of the table and were scoring goals seemingly at will. However, the Tangerines tore them apart and fired a stark warning to the rest of the division that the pre-season promotion favourites are back in business after a dip in form. Fyvie was at the heart of all that was good about this performance from Ray McKinnon's men and on 35 minutes he gave the Tangerines the lead with a low strike. The advantage was doubled two minutes before half-time when Scott McDonald fired home from close range then the stage was cleared for Fyvie to bring the house down with a brilliant strike just before the hour. The home team got a goal back on 77 minutes when sub Callum Smith headed home but that was all Dunfermline could manage before the whistle blew. United made just the one change from their Morton win, bringing veteran midfielder Willo Flood in to play at right-back in place of the injured Lewis Toshney. Toshney’s expected replacement, Stewart Murdoch, had to call off ill. The hosts, unsurprisingly given their form, were unchanged from the line-up that started against Brechin City. With four minutes on the clock, the visitors looked to have found a way through the home defence when Fyvie played in McDonald but the offside flag went up. The game hadn’t quite lived up to its match of the day tag in the early stages but, on 20 minutes, Dunfermline’s Kallum Higginbotham sent his half-volley wide of the post from a good position. With 28 minutes gone, the Pars had another go, this time Declan McManus firing in a low shot that keeper Harry Lewis gathered. New Scotland under-21 squad member Ryan Williamson then fired wide after he was found by a short freekick from Higginbotham. Just when you thought the Pars were gaining traction in the game, United went up the park and scored. There were 35 minutes on the clock when Jamie Robson, who had been having a fine match for United, raced up the left and his cross-shot was pushed away by goalie Sean Murdoch. Unfortunately for the Fifers, the parry landed right in front of Fyvie, whose drilled, low shot from 10 yards found the back of the net. Former Tannadice defender Callum Morris was booked for a bad challenge on James Keatings and it wasn’t long before United’s McDonald followed suit for hacking Jason Talbot. Then, just a couple of minutes before the break, the large travelling support went crazy as the Tangerines went 2-0 up. The Pars conceded a freekick inside their own half when Lee Ashcroft brought down McDonald. Keatings sent the setpiece into the box and it struck the body of Edjenguele and fell for the wee Australian poacher, who slammed the ball home. Remarkably, it could have been three for United before half-time as they broke three-on-two. McMullan was the one who was played in but his shot was deflected up into the air. Billy King saw his chance and sent a shot crashing off the Pars bar before it was finally cleared. The Pars brought on Smith for David Hopkirk at the break. On 54 minutes, visiting keeper Lewis caused a bit of panic when he dropped the ball in front of goal and Flood had to boot it clear. The United fans were on their feet celebrating again on 59 minutes when a fabulous strike from Fyvie made it 3-0. A Keatings freekick hit the Dunfermline wall and eventually the ball made its way out right to Flood, who drilled a cross back over. The ball ricocheted again and spun up for Fyvie, who was standing just outside the box and blasted it on the half-volley high into the net past Murdoch. On 64 minutes, the now rampant Tangerines roared forward again and McMullan looked set to slot the ball past Murdoch but fell to the floor. The penalty claims were unconvincing. Robson then posed a danger to the Pars on 74 minutes when he raced into the box but his shot was blocked. Three minutes later, the hosts got one back when sub Smith nodded past Lewis after he was picked out by a McManus cross. With their lead reduced, United had some nervy moments as Dunfermline chased a second that really would have ensured it was game on. However, they saw the match out and their best performance of the season was matched by their best result of the campaign so far. Attendance: 7,585. Dunfermline: Murdoch, Williamson, Talbot, Morris, Ashcroft, McManus (Ryan 82), Higginbotham, Wedderburn, Clark, Shiels (Splaine 65), Hopkirk (C. Smith 46). Subs not used: Gill, Martin, Aird, Lochead. Dundee United: Lewis, Durnan, McMullan, McDonald (N'Koyi 90), King, Edjenguele, Flood, Robson, Keatings (Stanton 76), Briels, Fyvie. Subs not used: Deniz, Fraser, Allardice, M. Smith, Davidson. Referee: Don Robertson.
Dundee United caretaker coach Laurie Ellis brought the curtain down on his successful spell in charge with a crucial win over St Mirren. The managerless Tangerines drew level with the league-leading Buddies on 23 points at the top of the Championship thanks to this vital victory. The result also allowed Ellis to make way for the new man - whenever he is finally appointed - with his head held high and boasting a 100% record, having also beaten Dumbarton the previous weekend. Central defender Mark Durnan put United 1-0 up after just 11 minutes, heading a Scott Fraser freekick into the net, before Sam Stanton grabbed their second with low strike on 79 minutes. Adam Eckersley scored in stoppage-time for the Paisley men but it was almost a footnote. Ellis had named an unchanged team for this second match in charge of the Tangerines. On five minutes, United striker Scott McDonald had the first attempt at goal when he shot low into the arms of keeper Craig Samson following a Fraser corner. Just two minutes later, Matty Smith broke goalwards for the Tangerines and, instead of having a go himself, squared to Fraser. However, the ball got caught up in the midfielder’s feet just yards out and the chance was lost. Having been the better team, it was not a surprise when the hosts took the lead on 11 minutes. McDonald was awarded a freekick when he was chopped down by Stephen McGinn out on the right. Fraser took the setpiece left-footed and floated it to Durnan, who glanced home a header from around the penalty spot that sneaked inside the far post. On 21 minutes, it was the Buddies’ turn to look dangerous but United goalie Harry Lewis did well to gather Kyle Magennis’s shot. Billy King sent a low shot well wide on 27 minutes after Tam Scobbie had found him with a header, then one of the biggest cheers of the day went up from the home support when captain Willo Flood won a series of tenacious tackles. Ex-United loan man Cammy Smith got into a great position for the visitors on 40 minutes but pulled his shot well wide of goal then, just seconds later, the same player found the side-netting at St Mirren enjoyed a decent spell. Just two minutes before the break, a sweeping move from the Tangerines saw Flood play the ball square to Fraser in space and his shot wasn’t too far over the bar. St Mirren looked in the mood after the break as United looked in danger of sitting too deep. With 56 minutes on the clock, a Fraser pass sent King away up the right and he cut in before firing in a cross-shot that had to be pushed away by keeper Samson. Fraser pounced on a stray pass from Lewis Morgan and raced up the park. He pulled the trigger from inside the box but Samson did well to make the save. The Buddies were looking really threatening, though, and they boosted their attack on 63 minutes when former Dundee frontman John Sutton came on for Kyle Magennis. On 66 minutes, King did well to crate space for himself up the left and his cutback pinged about the box until McDonald had a low strike blocked. United brought on Fraser Fyvie for Smith on 69 minutes and the former Hibs and Aberdeen player picked up a booking within a minute. Havign weathered the strom after the restart, the hosts were looking for a second and broke forward on 75 minutes through Stanton. The on-loan Hibs man played in Fraser, who cut inside to his left foot but the strike was blocked by Jack Baird. The Tangerines had the ball in the net just a minute later when Tam Scobbie slid the ball home at the back post off a Fraser ball but the flag was up for offside. Just seconds after that, Fraser did well again to find Stanton and the midfielder was unlucky to see Samson save his shot. This was good stuff from United and, once again, it wasn't a shock when they got a second goal on 79 minutes. Sub Fyvie picked out Fraser at the far post with a great cross from the left and the playmaker controlled the ball before setting up Stanton to smash a low shot past Samson. In injury-time, United sub James Keatings was picked out by a Flood pass and his shot from just outside the box was deflected just inches past the post. The visitors grabbed a consolation goal with the last kick of the game when Eckersley scored with a dipping shot from 25 yards but this was United's day. Attendance: 6,836. Dundee United: Lewis, Murdoch, Scobbie, Durnan, McDonald (Keatings 84), Fraser, King, Stanton, Flood, Robson, M. Smith (Fyvie 69). Subs not used: Deniz, McMullan, N’Koyi, Edjenguele, Allardice. St Mirren: Samson, McGinn, Magennis (Sutton 63), Morgan, C. Smith, Baird, McShane, Reilly (Hilson 72), L. Smith, McCart, Eckersley. Subs not used: Ross Stewart, Demetriou, Buchanan, MacPherson, Ross Stewart. Referee: Greg Aitken.
Dundee United’s comprehensive clear-out has begun. Manager Csaba Laszlo has wasted little time in telling a host of his players that they can leave Tannadice. Indeed, the number of first-team squad members he wants to keep can almost be counted on one hand. The Tangerines crashed out of the Premiership promotion play-offs at Livingston on Friday night and the following day there was a meeting called at the behest of Laszlo to break the news. The Hungarian, who is expected to be officially confirmed today as staying on next season, wants to clear the decks. It is understood that defenders Bilel Mohsni and Stewart Murdoch have been told they are still wanted, while an offer has been made to injured midfielder Fraser Fyvie. However, through the exit door is expected to go the likes of Scott Fraser, Scott McDonald, Paul Quinn, Mark Durnan, Jordie Briels, Grant Gillespie, Emil Lyng and Craig Slater, while the loan deals for Harry Lewis, Anthony Ralston and Thomas Mikkelsen have concluded. William Edjenguele and Tam Scobbie both have a year left on their contracts but they have been told they are free to find other clubs, while captain Willo Flood would be retained but only if he fancied an expanded role to include coaching.
Dundee United maintained their lead at the top of the Championship table with this comfortable win over Morton at Cappielow. Billy King was the Tangerines’ two-goal hero, scoring an early Christmas cracker and then putting the icing on the cake with a stoppage-time second. Dundee United boss Csaba Laszlo made two changes from the side that beat Dunfermline last week with Tam Scobbie returning from suspension at the expense of Paul Quinn while Paul McMullan came in for Willo Flood after the Irishman dislocated his shoulder against the Pars. There was a place in the Morton line-up for former Dundee midfielder Gary Harkins. United started brightly and had their first opportunity in just the fifth minute when Fraser Fyvie burst into the home box but he dragged his shot wide. Scott McDonald was next to try his luck but his attempt flew straight into the arms of home keeper Derek Gaston. Fyvie then gave the ball away with Morton’s Robert Thomson playing in Gary Oliver but he sent his low, angled shot just wide of United goalie Harry Lewis’s right-hand post. After the promising opening, both sides then struggled to fashion clear-cut opportunities with neither team being able to build up a head of steam. However, the Tangerines did manage to finish the half with a flourish with Fyvie testing Gaston with a shot from the edge of the home box. The impressive Scott Fraser then teed up McDonald but the Morton keeper again came to his side’s rescue, blocking the Australian striker’s close-range shot to ensure the teams headed down the tunnel with the game still scoreless. Just two minutes after the restart, Morton came close to breaking that deadlock. Ross Forbes whipped in a delightful cross from the right with Thomson’s goalbound header superbly saved by Lewis. United then felt they had a strong case for a penalty when Fraser went down in the Morton box under a defender’s challenge but referee Gavin Duncan was not convinced. However, that was quickly forgotten in the 61st minute when King opened the scoring. After some neat, patient interplay, the United man took his time just inside the Morton box, teeing himself up to arrow a sensational left-foot shot past the helpless Gaston. Shortly after though, United hearts were in their mouths when Jai Quitongo latched on to a slack back-pass from Jamie Robson but as Lewis raced out, the Morton player’s composure deserted him, with his heavy touch sending the ball wide of goal. The Tangerines had a great double opportunity to put the game to bed in the 89th minute. McDonald’s initial shot was blocked with McMullan looking certain to score from the rebound but Gaston pulled off a vital block with his foot. However, in the 94th minute, United did finally make it two. Harkins was dispossessed by sub Patrick N'Koyi with Fyvie then squaring the ball to King to calmly slot low past Gaston to send the 435 Tangerines fans home happy. For full report, reaction and analysis, see Monday’s Courier.
It's not often a newly-appointed manager goes three points clear at the top of the table after his first league match in charge. However, that's exactly what happened to Csaba Laszlo. Before any statto gets the record books dusted off or the web surfed, no doubt there will be somebody somewhere who found themselves in such an enviable position before the Dundee United boss. Laszlo must still have been counting his blessings as the confident, composed and clinical Tangerines brushed Falkirk aside in this Championship clash Tannadice. Now all the Hungarian has to do is make them play like this every week! United took the lead on 21 minutes when striker Scott McDonald scooped the ball into the net and their dominance was rewarded with a second five minutes from the break via Jamie Robson’s low shot. They capped an excellent first-half display just seconds before the whistle when Willo Flood broke clear up the right then battered the ball past keeper Robbie Thomson. They totally controlled the second half as well but couldn't get another goal. The Tangerines had made just the one change to the side that won so well against St Mirren. As expected, a fit-again Fraser Fyvie started after coming off the bench against the Buddies, with Matty Smith named as a substitute. The game exploded to life in the third minutes when a great crossfield pass from Mark Durnan was controlled by Billy King out on the left wing. King cut inside then blasted a fabulous 25-yard strike off the underside of the Bairns’ bar. The hosts were keen to test keeper Thomson and they did so again in spectacular style on seven minutes when Fyvie had a 30-yarder tipped over. On 12 minutes, United tried to catch out Falkirk with a quick corner. Fraser played it low and short to Sam Stanton, who first-timed his shot over the bar. There were home shouts for a penalty on the quarter-hour when a McDonald chip to the back post appeared to be handled by Tony Gallacher. With United dominating the game it was no shock when they took the lead on 21 minutes. A lovely ball out to the left from Fraser found Robson in space. He took the ball on then cut inside, before playing it towards McDonald. It took a deflection but that Australian still hooked the ball up and into the goal to make it 1-0. The home team continued to press and Flood, who was having a fine match, played the ball low across the face of goal where McDonald was waiting but somehow the ball was cleared. Just seconds later, the Tangerines were at it again, this time Murdoch having two goes at goal – the latter an overhead kick – which were blocked by Thomson before a McDonald shot struck the arm of Jordan McGhee but no penalty was given by referee Alan Muir. There was then a third United spotkick appeal on 37 minutes, although with Murdoch hitting the ball off Aaron Muirhead from close range it would have been harsh on the visitors. Fraser had the ball in the net five minutes before the break after being played in by Flood but the whistle had long gone for offside. The next goal, just a minute later, counted though. The move the full-backs combine, with Murdoch drilling the ball over form the right to Robson, who was standing with his back to goal. He took a touch, spun around and then fired his shot low into the net from 10 yards. Flood then guaranteed himself and the other players a standing ovation at the half-time whistle when he raced up the right before shooting low past Thomson. Flood stayed in the changing room at the break, presumably injured, and was replaced by Paul McMullan, while former United striker Lee Miller, who was booked along with Tam Scobbie just before the end of the first half, made way for Nathan Austin. There was a rare chance for the Bairns when sub James Craigen fired over three minutes after the break. On the hour, it should have been 4-0 to United when Fyvie, McMullan and McDonald combined to set up Fraser, who should have scored but Thomson saved. On 72 minutes, the Tangerines came within a whisker of scoring again, this time clever footwork from King winning him space inside the area and his cutback was pinged just a few inches past the post by McMullan. It was all United all the time now, and King saw his shot saved by Thomson, the rebound was blasted against the bar by Fraser then Fyvie fired wide with the goal gaping - all within the space of a few seconds. On 82 minutes, Murdoch had a shot well saved before Fraser's strike was headed off the line. McDonald made way for Patrick N'Koyi a minute later then Paul Quinn replaced Fraser. Defender Durnan raced upfield and his long-range shot wasn't too far away before, with four minutes remaining, Fyvie cracked a shot off the post. The full-time whistle then brought a terrific display from the Tangerines to a close. Attendance: 5,915. Dundee United: Lewis, Murdoch, Scobbie, Durnan, McDonald (N'Koyi 83), Fraser (Quinn 86), King, Stanton, Flood (McMullan 46), Robson, Fyvie. Subs not used: Deniz, Edjenguele, Smith, Chalmers. Falkirk: Thomson, McGhee, Muirhead, Grant, McKee (Dunne 59), Kerr, Longridge, Harris, Miller (Austin 46), Gallacher (Craigen 28), Blues. Subs not used: Mutch, Kidd, Hippolyte, Loy. Referee: Alan Muir.