New goalkeeping coach Craig Hinchcliffe will be handed the major say in who’s between the sticks for Dundee United next season.
Hinchcliffe will replace Stevie Banks this summer and work full-time with the Tannadice keepers.
And boss Jackie McNamara will be guided by his opinion when it comes to team selection.
“Craig’s not just coming here to warm up the goalies, they’ll be his responsibility,” said Jackie.
“I worked with him at Partick Thistle and, while I had the final say, it was his opinion I based my selection on.
“If the goalkeeper’s doing well he’ll get the praise, if not it’ll be him I point the finger at, but he’s someone I know and whose judgment I trust.”
With No 1 Rado Cierzniak having an outstanding first season in the SPL, Jackie expects him to be first choice at the start of the 2013-14 campaign.
Who’ll be on the bench will be down to Hinchcliffe and that could mean a new arrival this summer.
“With Stevie leaving the club, we’ll need another keeper and, as well as he’s done, I want someone pushing Rado for his place.
“Ideally that would be Marc McCallum, Joe McGovern or someone else already here because they’re good young keepers at the club. You’d have to say Marc looks in pole position just now because he’s been out on loan at Berwick and, by all accounts, has been doing very well.
“He’s got a bit of experience of first team football now and that should be good for him.
“Like I say, though, the keepers will be Craig’s department and, if he feels we need to bring someone more experienced in, that’s something we’ll look at.”
This week McGovern, 19, has been away at a training camp with the Northern Ireland U/21 squad.
The younger brother of ex-Tangerines reserve goalie Michael, he could feature in his country’s Euro qualifier in Cyprus at the end of the month.
United have, meanwhile, moved for Queen’s Park kid Aidan Connolly, son of former Tangerine Paddy. Huddersfield plus a number of other SPL outfits have also shown an interest, but Jackie has made the 17-year-old a firm offer.
“Aidan is a player I like but nothing’s done yet because there are other clubs interested. He’s speaking it over with his dad and will then come to a decision.”