CHAM­PI­ONSHIP DUNDEE DERBY

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EUAN McARTHUR

DUNDEE UNITED boss Rob­bie Neil­son has con­firmed in-de­mand teenager Scott Banks is leav­ing Tan­nadice.

Banks has re­jected the Tay­side club’s of­fer of a new long-term deal af­ter burst­ing into the first team in style ear­lier this sea­son.

The 18-year-old at­tack­ing mid­fielder, who has been the sub­ject of in­ter­est from English cracks Crys­tal Palace, Southamp­ton and Leeds United, is sure not to be short of ad­mir­ers as he seeks to take his bur­geon­ing tal­ent else­where.

Neil­son, whose Cham­pi­onship lead­ers hosts city ri­vals Dundee at Tan­nadice on Fri­day, said: “We of­fered him a good con­tract but he didn’t take it.

“So he will be able to sign for some­body on a pre­con­tract in Jan­uary. We will just wait and see what comes of that.

“We are dis­ap­pointed but I’m sure the kid will move on.”

Mean­while, Neil­son also re­vealed former Welsh Un­der-21 cen­tre-back Troy Brown is on his way out of United af­ter join­ing on a six­month deal in Septem­ber.

Neil­son added: “Troy has been great for us but I just feel that, with Paul Wat­son com­ing in and do­ing so well and Mark Con­nolly com­ing back, we have enough there.” Neil­son’s ta­ble-top­pers will go 20 points clear of Dundee with vic­tory over the Dark Blues on Fri­day, and their man­ager ad­mits he may still strengthen his squad fur­ther in the com­ing weeks.

He said: “I have a meet­ing to­day with Tony As­ghar so maybe we will have one or per­haps two com­ing in.

“We would like to bring fresh­ness to the squad.

“I think we need to add another at­tacker, I re­ally do. It is im­por­tant to do that. Pos­si­bly, we will also look at adding to the mid­field. “When good play­ers come up you have to be ready to re­act.”

EUAN McARTHUR

DE­FI­ANT Dundee boss James McPake has hit back at Partick This­tle coun­ter­part Ian McCall – and told him to keep his nose out of their busi­ness.

McPake re­acted to McCall’s com­ments af­ter their hard­fought 1-0 win away to the lowly Jags at Firhill on Satur­day.

McCall claimed McPake’s Dark Blues were “un­der pres­sure” and de­scribed Satur­day as a “huge win for them”.

Now McPake, whose fourth­placed troops are gear­ing up

for Fri­day’s crunch derby clash with Dundee United at Tan­nadice, has sug­gested McCall should fo­cus only on the for­tunes of his se­cond-bot­tom Cham­pi­onship club.

McPake said: “I was made aware of the com­ments on Sun­day and I was sur­prised.

“I don’t see any real need for him to com­ment on what is go­ing on at our club. I think we are in an in­dus­try where ev­ery sin­gle man­ager is un­der pres­sure so that’s what sur­prised me.

“He can say what he wants but it was a bit strange to hear him say how Dundee were un­der pres­sure – of course we are be­cause we are a big club.

“He should just con­cen­trate on his own team. They have their own is­sues be­ing se­cond bot­tom as a big club as well so it was sur­pris­ing to hear him com­ment­ing on us.

“I’ve found out that win, lose or draw ev­ery man­ager is un­der pres­sure.”

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