Dundee United boss confirms Ibrox visit ahead of Rangers clash
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Dundee United boss confirms Ibrox visit ahead of Rangers clash

Dundee United manager Thomas Courts has insisted he is “comfortable” with his side having gone to Newcastle for their Christmas night out on Sunday ahead of facing Rangers this weekend, despite the Covid outbreak that’s hit Tannadice since, and insists his players are “way more boring” than their predecessors.

Courts has four players missing from this weekend’s Premiership clash at Ibrox and the Dundee United boss detailed the mitigations the Arabs took to avoid any potential issues.

Dundee United manager Thomas Courts was at Ibrox in midweek. (Photo by Steve Welsh/Getty Images)

While there were doubts the Rangers clash would go ahead after the Terrors were forced to cancel training earlier this week, Courts revealed his players were back home and “in their beds watching Formula One” on Sunday night.

“I’m really comfortable with it,” Courts said.

“When you take these decisions as a club – and there were another 15 or 20 football clubs there the same weekend – then you always think ahead to the worst-case scenario.

“What we did was offer the players club transport to go down and minimise the mingling on public transport.

“We knew the itinerary of the players. To be honest with you, players are way more boring than they used to be.

“You used to have players going out for two days on end and into nightclubs.

“The reports I’m getting coming back are they were in their beds watching Formula One.”

As well as the Covid absentees, Dundee United will be down to the bare bones for the Rangers clash with Callum Butcher suspended and Liam Smith, Marc McNulty, Kieran Freeman, Max Biamou, Lewis Neilson and Dylan Levitt all injured.

Courts actually attended Ibrox in midweek to take in the Rangers game against St Johnstone, confirming that he met with Rangers directors after his side managed to contain the Covid outbreak that threatened the game this weekend, adding: “It started last week with a staff member having a positive case.

Joe Aribo in action for Rangers against Dundee United earlier this season (Photo by Steve Welsh/Getty Images,)

“From there we’ve gone through the appropriate protocols and internal governance and we have managed to contain it. There have been a couple of separate incidents this week but thankfully we have been able to adapt the training and minimise the disruption.

“I was still able to go and watch the Rangers game last night. I spoke to their directors in their box.”

In other news, two Rangers stars will be facing off against each other as the draw for the 2022/23 UEFA Nations League was made.