Saints boss taking nothing for granted

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Phil McGuire says there will be no complacency with Saints restart their Premier League campaign on Saturday with a trip to Lothian side Arniston Rangers.

The Gorebridge side has featured prominently in United’s recent success, promotion to the Super League was secured in their last visit.

This time round it’s a bit far off to secure that objective and Saints manager McGuire is definitely not underestimating the task ahead of his troops as they head south.

He said: “This will be a tough match and although we won 3-0 earlier in the season this is a very much a potential banana skin.

“They can beat anyone on their day and we must match them in every department to give us a fighting chance.

“Their recent win over Tayport was not a shock to me and shows what teams can do in this league.

“We have confidence which we will take into the game but certainly not an arrogance and we will be working hard this week towards that game.”

McGuire has had the squad training hard over the festive period and has them raring to go for the trip.

The little niggles that were hampering one or two players prior to the break have been given time to recover so a full squad should be available.

Negotiations are underway between St Andrews and Dundee United to extend the loan spell of young keeper Darren Clarkson with hopefully something tied up prior to the game.

One face leaving The Parkk is young midfielder Tom Whyte who has joined Newburgh.

Whyte was signed straight from school under the previous managerial time and while recognised as being a talented player, has struggled to nail down a position with United something which disappoints the current manager.

“We had knocked back several advances from teams over the last two months regarding Tom,” said McGuire 

“Tom is a young man that has ability and needs games.

“The fact that he has progressed with our training and managed a few games was good for his development but injury at the start of the season meant he could only be a substitute but we could not use him as he was not fit enough and risking him would have meant serious damage.”