Gardyne welcomes Skacel competition

Dundee United midfielder Michael Gardyne welcomes the competition from Rudi Skacel ahead of their game with Hearts.

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Dundee United midfielder Michael Gardyne welcomes the competition from Rudi Skacel ahead of a possible full debut for the Czech forward against his former club Hearts.

United play Hearts in the Scottish Communities League Cup quarter-final at Tannadice on Wednesday seeking to build on their first Clydesdale Bank Premier League win since August, when Skacel made his debut at St Mirren on Saturday. Speaking at a Tesco Bank Football Challenge event in Dundee on Tuesday, Gardyne said: "The boys are feeling good. It was good to get the three points on Saturday, we needed that, and it gives you confidence going into such a big game tomorrow night.

"Our squad's looking a lot better these days, with Rudi coming in; Gary Mackay-Steven's going to be back either tomorrow night or Sunday (against Celtic). It's good competition for places.

"I wouldn't have it any other way; you want the competition as it keeps you on your toes.

"The players we've got coming in are great quality so it can only benefit Dundee United."

Skacel had been training with Hearts, who he left for a second time after winning the Scottish Cup in May.

A third spell at Tynecastle was mooted before Hearts were last week handed a transfer embargo for delayed payment of player wages and United boss Peter Houston unveiled the former Southampton and Marseille forward on Friday.

Gardyne added: "He just came in on Friday morning and he was in training that day. He's been brilliant since he came in.

"He's got a wealth of experience, so it can only be good for the young boys in the team and for Rudi himself - he's just looking to play games.

"He's played at Hearts for a number of years and played international football so it's someone great to have in the squad."

Hearts defied their off-field troubles by claiming a last-gasp draw with Gardyne's former club Ross County last weekend and won 3-0 against United in September.

United's form has belatedly turned at the right time and Gardyne is optimistic of success, with the potential for the semi-final to take place at the national stadium.

"It's a one-off game, an incentive to get to Hampden in the next round," he said.

"We want to win, we want to get through and it's one step closer to winning a cup.

"The two teams have got really good players. It's all about who wants it more.

"The manager said that to us today. The boys are raring to go and we're buzzing for it.

"It doesn't matter how we win, even if it goes to penalties, as long as we go through."


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