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Dundee United say Rangers fans still welcome at Tannadice

Administrators David Whitehouse (left) and Paul Clark (second left) during a press conference at Ibrox Stadium, Glasgow.
Administrators David Whitehouse (left) and Paul Clark (second left) during a press conference at Ibrox Stadium, Glasgow.

Dundee United say the Tannadice doors will be open to Rangers supporters when the teams meet in the SPL next month.

There was a suggestion that United would consider blocking the attendance of away fans at the March 17 fixture due to fears over payment for tickets.

That is emphatically not the case but the Tangerines have contacted administrators Paul Clark and David Whitehouse of accountants Duff and Phelps, who now run Rangers, to ask for money up front.

United, who look set to miss out on just under £100,000 they are due from their recent Scottish Cup tie at Ibrox, have already sent the tickets for the league game to the Light Blues. However, the crisis club need their permission to put them on sale.

If the Tangerines cannot reach an agreement with the administrators, instead of saying no to visiting fans they will explore the option of selling the briefs themselves so away supporters can attend the match.

”Rangers fans are more than welcome at Tannadice,” confirmed a United spokesman. ”We have been watching the situation at Ibrox unfold and feel for everyone involved during these difficult times. Hopefully for the good of Rangers, their fans and for the whole of Scottish football they are able to get through their current problems.

”Given the circumstances, we have contacted the administrators to discuss ticketing arrangements for the game at Tannadice on March 17. But there is no suggestion that away fans will be prevented from attending the match.”

Meanwhile, United are aiming to keep their good form going when they welcome St Mirren in the SPL on Saturday.

Boss Peter Houston took note of the Buddies’ excellent cup replay win over Ross County at Dingwall on Tuesday. They beat the Staggies 2-1 at Victoria Park despite being down to 10 men and Houston was impressed by the Paisley club’s resilience.

”St Mirren dug in to get a great result against Ross County, especially playing with 10 men for a lot of the game. Any win up there is a fantastic result so they deserve a lot of credit for that.

”St Mirren are a good side so it’s going to be a tough game. They have a good mix of experience and youth so we know we will have to be at our best.”

The Tangerines are on a roll after following up their cup win at Ibrox with a 5-1 hammering of St Johnstone in Perth. Houston surprisingly used the word ”rubbish” in his summing-up on Saturday but, having watched the game on DVD, he now considers that to be harsh.

”The second half against St Johnstone was better than we thought it was,” he said. ”We had a lot of chances so maybe I discredited the players a wee bit, but they thought they were rubbish too.

”We have a couple of home matches coming up and there is a lot at stake. We will be playing the teams around us but the way we are looking at things is just taking each game as it comes then seeing where it takes us.”

Defender Garry Kenneth is a doubt for the St Mirren game after picking up a groin injury during the St Johnstone match.

Photo by Danny Lawson/PA Wire

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