‘Dundee United don’t have the character to avoid drop’

By Craig Turnbull

Joe Miller doesn’t believe Dundee United have the character to escape relegation just like the Aberdeen side he was part of did over 20 years ago.

The Dons looked destined for the drop in 1995 before going on to win four of their last five games to set up a play-off with Dunfermline in which they also emerged victorious to preserve their top-flight status.

United look in an equally perilous position as they sit 14 points adrift of Kilmarnock in the relegation play-off spot, whom they face this Saturday in what United midfielder John Rankin has described as bigger than a Cup final.

But Miller has written off their chances of pulling off the great escape as he doesn’t think there are enough players in the dressing room who can stomach the fight.

“You’re about a relegation battle. I was there with Aberdeen we were really struggling and we went to a play-off with Dunfermline and won. It’s very difficult,” he told Peter and Roughie’s Football Show.

“It’s not about playing attractive football; you need to battle for every point on the board.

“Do I think they’ll stay up? No. I don’t think they have the characters in the team.

“You’re looking for big-game players and leaders on the park I don’t think there is enough of them in the side to get themselves out of it.”

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