Pressure mounts on Dundee United boss Ray McKinnon

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Ray McKinnon’s future as Dundee United boss became subject to speculation after the 2-0 defeat at home to Inverness on Saturday.

Iain Vigurs opened the scoring with a deflected strike from the edge of the box in the 28th minute and Connor Bell netted a second for the visitors before the interval.

It was the Tannadice men’s second successive defeat following last week’s loss at Livingston and the United board have reportedly discussed McKinnon’s position with more talks set to take place.

Former United midfielder McKinnon could not disguise his frustration and emotions after the match.

The 47-year-old told the club’s in-house television station, ArabZone: “I felt that was the worst Dundee United have played since I became manager. We tried everything to get them going in the second half and give them a new dimension but it never worked.

“There were far too many players playing well within themselves for whatever reason. I can’t put my finger on it right at this moment, obviously my emotions are running high.

“But I’m very, very disappointed in my team because they are far better than that, as individuals and as a group.”

St Mirren’s lead at the top was cut to two points with a goalless draw at Falkirk while Dunfermline leapfrogged Livingston into second place with a 3-1 win over the Lions at East End Park.

The Pars took the lead in the second minute when Livi goalkeeper Neil Alexander’s clearance rebounded into the net off Kallum Higginbotham.

Fraser Aird made it 2-0 on the half-hour mark and then set up Higginbotham to score his second in the 38th minute with Danny Mullen bagging a consolation with three minutes remaining.

Pars boss Allan Johnston was pleased with the victory over a team he described as “the surprise package this year”.

He told the club’s official website: “They have been a really good team and knew that they were a danger at set-pieces.

“I thought we passed the ball well, especially in the first half. Some of the passing and movement led to two really good goals and one a bit fortunate even though Higgy said that he meant it.

“I am delighted with the performance, even in the second half we restricted them to very few opportunities.”

Jason Kerr scored the winner and was then sent off as Queen of the South moved into fifth place with a 1-0 win at bottom side Brechin City.

The centre-back had given his side the lead on the hour-mark with a drive from 12 yards after the hosts had only half-cleared Connor Murray’s corner.

But deep into stoppage time Kerr and Brechin’s Ally Love both saw red after they clashed.

Morton came from behind at home to draw 1-1 against Dumbarton.

Mark Stewart opened the scoring in the fifth minute for the Sons when he knocked in a Tom Walsh delivery but Bob McHugh levelled five minutes after the interval.