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Stretch to lead young Scots

From The Evening Telegraph

Dundee United midfielder Stuart Armstrong will get the chance to shake off his Scottish Cup Final blues when he leads Scotland U/21 in a vital European qualifer against Holland tonight.

While most of his United team-mates will have to wait until next season for a game to get the defeat to St Johnstone out of their systems, Armstrong will see action as skipper in what is a make or break game for the young Scots.

Only a win at St Mirren Park will keep hopes of qualification alive and manager Billy Stark is lookng for a big performance.

Meanwhile, his team-mate, Celtic striker Callum McGregor, hopes Neil Lennon’s decision to walk away from Parkhead will open the door for his Hoops return.

The 20-year-old has spent the last year on loan with SkyBet League One outfit Notts County.

“The fact the club are changing managers will make it difficult but I’m definitely determined to come back again next year and try to break into the team,” he said.

Goodwillie on the search for a new club

David Goodwillie is ready to start searching for a new club after being put up for sale by Blackburn Rovers.

 Ricky Gillies, agent for the Scotland and former Dundee United striker, said: “He’s on holiday at the moment and I’ve not spoken to him yet. Obviously things haven’t panned out the way he had hoped at Blackburn. I need to speak to him.”

Good news will have to wait for Curtis Good

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Dundee United may have to wait until at least July before finding out if they can get defender Curtis Good back for next season.

 

And in a personal blow to the Newcastle United man, it’s emerged the hip injury he suffered back in March is 99% certain to rule him out of the World Cup.

Good hasn’t kicked a ball in anger since March 5, when he suffered his problem while making his international debut in a friendly against Ecuador in London.

Initially, it was felt he’d only been out for three-to-four weeks but the 21-year-old has suffered a reaction each time he’s tried to step up his training.

His latest set-back came back home in Australia where he had been preparing for the Socceroos’ warm-up match against South Africa today.

That means he’s not expected to be in the Aussie’s final 23 for Brazil. That’s named tomorrow.

He could now face surgery that may rule him out for the start of next season.

Even before that news emerged from Down Under, United’s chances of getting a quick answer from Newcastle about either a season-long loan or permanent switch looked slim.

While a loan, in particular, remains an option, Magpies boss Alan Pardew is understood to have been keen to have a look at Good in pre-season.

He may not now be fit enough for that but Newcastle do feel when he has recovered, Good could be ready to push for a first-team place with them.

That, and now his injury, is why United boss Jackie McNamara is looking at more defensive options.

“I know Curtis enjoyed his time here and getting him back is a possibility but it’s only one of a few things we’ve been working on,” he said.

“With Gavin Gunning going, central defence is the area I’m focusing on first and I would also like to add an experienced defender to the squad. That’s a priority.”

The manager is keeping his cards close to his chest on that one but did admit the deals he has in mind could take time to finalise.

Curtis Good will miss the World Cup

Curtis Good has been dealt a huge blow after he was ruled out of the World Cup with Australia.

The defender, who has been on loan at Dundee United, injured his hip while on international duty with the Socceroos against Ecuador in March.

The Newcastle United player was hopeful that the problem would have cleared in time for him to travel to Brazil.

However, reports from Australia suggest that he may need surgery to cure the injury and he will not make the World Cup.

Dundee United fans snap up 25,000 tickets

Dundee United fans have snapped up an incredible 25,000 tickets for the Scottish Cup Final on May 17th.

With the start of the general sale and pay day, United staff are expecting a further bump in sales. United are on course to better their 2010 Scottish Cup Final attendance against Ross County with still 16 days until the showpiece kicks off.

Despite the ticket prices and concessions furore, United chairman Stephen Thompson has praised the United fans for their support leading up to the clubs date with destiny.