06 Jan Prunty: Airdrieonians target Dundee United Cup scalp
Bryan Prunty says Airdrieonians will be looking to get inside the heads of the Dundee United players and condemn them to a Scottish Cup shock.
The League One outfit host United on Saturday in the fourth round of the Cup in what is being billed as a potential banana skin for the Premiership strugglers.
United boss Mixu Paatelainen has suggested he may bring in a sports psychologist to attempt to put an end to their woeful run of form which sees them sit 11 points adrift at the bottom of the Premiership table.
But Prunty, 32, is already at the mind games and says there is never a better time to cause an upset against the Arabs.
“Absolutely, Airdrie are renowned for the Cup games over the years and Dundee United have hit the skids a little bit so we’ve got to try to play on that fact,” he told Peter and Roughie’s Football Show.
“We can hopefully give them a good game we’re just delighted the game is at home and hopefully we can get something out of it.
“We’ve just defeated Albion Rovers on our own patch I think that’s given us a good bit of confidence.”
When asked if sports psychology can give you an adavantage, he said: “It’s the way thing are going sports science is trying to progress teams.
“They are looking at percentages in football now and it’s about helping indivdual players and giving them that wee edge and then you’ve got every chance of doing something.”
Prunty is also relishing the prospect of facing friend and Dundee United midfielder John Rankin but revealed Rankin has been keeping quiet ahead of the clash.
“He hasn’t been returning any calls or texts so I think we’ve got them running scared!” he joked.