Jim wants fans at Tannadice even though it could avoid shock

Aug 19, 2020

Peterhead manager Jim McInally is hoping that fans will be present when the Blue Toon open their season at Tannadice against Dundee United in the Betfred Cup even if it means their chances of a shock take a hit. 

McInally, who won the Scottish Cup with United in 1994 and played in nearly 400 games during two spells with the Terrors, takes his League 1 outfit to Tayside on Saturday, October 10 and he wants football to be watched by supporters by then even though it will benefit bigger clubs. 

Scotland’s longest serving manager said: “Dundee United have done terrifically well under Micky Mellon since the Premiership came back but I am pleased that we are starting our season at Tannadice as it will focus our players on making sure that they are ready for the new campaign.” 

“Being the second round of fixtures in the Betfred Cup is good for us as it will hopefully allow us to get another friendly in before we start competitively.” 

“If there are still no fans allowed in due to the Coronavirus it would probably suit us better but I do not want that advantage.” 

McInally explained: “United have had some closed-door games but they have been Premiership ones where they are out to prove something following promotion. No fans would make this a real low-key tie and that could increase our chances of creating a shock.” 

“However, I want the game to be as big an event as possible for our players to learn from and also for other reasons. It might sound daft in terms of getting a result but for the sake of normality and the good of the game I would much rather have fans there than play it behind closed doors.” 

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(DUNCAN BROWN)