Dunfermline looking to add to United problems

Dunfermline boss Allan Johnston wants his side to turn up the heat on under-pressure Dundee United boss Csaba Laszlo.

The Pars smell blood ahead of their Ladbrokes Championship opener at Tannadice with the Tangerines in yet another slump.

Laszlo’s side have won just 10 games from 28 attempts this year and the Hungarian has again come under fire from supporters after his side finished second bottom of their Betfred Cup section.

Now Johnston – whose side topped their group to land a second-round draw with Hearts – hopes to take advantage of the Terrors’ fragile state on Saturday.

He told the Dunfermline website: “We go into the game full of confidence and there is a lot of pressure on United as well after the way they have started the season.

“It is good players that they have brought in but you know what it is like when results don’t go your way. There is a lot of pressure and expectations as well.

“Saturday is an opportunity for us to show that we are a good team. Tannadice is always a hard place to go and I am sure that they will be fired up, desperate to turn their season around.

“We have got to make sure that we match that energy and spirit then show the quality that we have got – that is the reason why we have started the season so well.”

Pars pair Ryan Williamson and Kallum Higginbotham miss the curtain-raiser through suspension while United are without the injured trio of Craig Curran, Billy King and Stewart Murdoch.

Suspended duo Christie Elliott and Andy McCarthy are unavailable for Partick Thistle as the Jags kick-off their league campaign away to Ayr. The Honest Men, who put down a marker with last weekend’s League Cup triumph at Firhill, also have Mark Kerr absent due to a ban collected last term, while defender Chris Higgins is injured.

Relegated Ross County could hand Brian Graham a second debut against Alloa after the striker sealed his return to Dingwall this week. The Staggies’ Michael Gardyne and Wasps midfielder Iain Flannigan are both ruled out through suspension.

On-loan Hearts youngster Andy Irvine is in the Falkirk squad preparing to host opening-day rivals Inverness after making his Bairns switch this week, while Caley Thistle welcome Sean Welsh back from suspension.

Ray McKinnon has also made a late addition ahead of Morton’s clash with Queen of the South after landing former Accrington Stanley defender Rory McKeown.

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