Douglas has a chance to impress Houston

Fri, 24 Feb 15:14:19 2012

Dundee United boss Peter Houston has challenged stand-in left-back Barry Douglas to stake a claim for a place in his team.

The former Queen's Park player will replace the suspended Paul Dixon in the Clydesdale Bank Premier League match at Hearts and Houston admits Douglas has been unfortunate to miss out so often this year.

Dixon has been in the form of his life but will leave when his contract ends in the summer so Douglas will step back into the side next season. The 22-year-old played more games last year - his first in the SPL - but Houston insists that he has been happy with the left-sided player's development.

He said: "Paul Dixon is suspended so we will have to make a change at left-back. Barry Douglas has been unlucky this season because he's not done anything wrong. I feel a bit sorry for him because he trains well and has been doing really well.

"He must have been wondering when he was going to get a chance again. I have told him he would have to be patient so this is maybe an opportunity for him to make an impact again.

"He actually played more games last season than he has this year but I can see him progressing from what I watch in training. Not being in the team has been down to the form of Paul Dixon, nothing else. It will be a big season for him next year too. He's had to wait for it this year but I would hope that has made him even more hungry to succeed."


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