Dundee United v Dundee preview
Fri, 15 Mar 2013 18:00:00
Dundee United manager Jackie McNamara is facing a selection crisis ahead of Sunday's Tayside derby clash with Dundee at Tannadice.
McNamara may have to throw in some of his younger squad players with a potential six first-team players set to miss out.
Midfielders John Rankin and Willo Flood are suspended and have joined long-term injury absentees Johnny Russell and Gavin Gunning on the sidelines.
And there are also concerns over the fitness of Terrors skipper Jon Daly and defender Brian McLean, who are nursing groin and hamstring problems respectively.
Dark Blues boss Barry Smith is set to hand a debut to Steve Simonsen, after he signed a short-term deal with the club earlier this week.
The former Everton and Stoke goalkeeper will deputise for Rab Douglas, who sits out the match with a thigh injury.
Midfielders Stephen O'Donnell, Mark Kerr (both knee) and Jamie McCluskey (Achilles) are all still missing.
Dundee United have won both the Tayside derbies in the SPL this season 3-0 and also won the Scottish Cup clash at Dens Park earlier this month 2-1.