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Dundee United’s Glenn Middleton advises team to stay composed in crucial match against Kilmarnock


Glenn Middleton believes composure will be key in Dundee United’s relegation battle against Kilmarnock at Tannadis on Wednesday night.

The Terrors’ 2-1 defeat at Livingston on Saturday was their third defeat in a row after three consecutive wins and kept them bottom of the Premier League, two points behind Ross County and Killie three points, with two the remaining games.

The Jim Goodwin side will play Motherwell at Fir Park in the final game of the season on Sunday, but Middleton are now focused on the Rugby Park outfit.

The 23-year-old former Rangers forward admits Saturday’s loss at West Lothian “really hurts” and hopes to end the “ups and downs” season with a successful bid to survive.

He said: “From the first minute of the game it will be about who is calm, who is calm with the ball, who trusts themselves, who trusts each other on the team.

“It will be about fulfilling the game plan set out in front of each team. I am fully confident that we can do it.

“The guys in the dressing room, the experience in the dressing room, I am more than confident that in the key moments of the game we will have the calmness to do what needs to be done.

“We have to stay positive. He is still in our hands.

“As difficult as the last few weeks have been, we have taken it upon ourselves.

“We have looked into it, we have talked about it, and the leader has made it clear that despite everything that has happened, it is still in our hands and we must take full advantage of it. Now there’s definitely nowhere to hide.

“This club should not be in a situation where there are two games left. It’s nowhere good enough and everyone knows it. (But) it’s all very well said. It is in our power to do the work that we have to do.”


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