He played under the guidance of Peter Houston at Tannadice, and Tele columnist Lee Wilkie would love to see his old boss lift the Scottish Cup.
The last time Dundee United won the cup, under the tutelage of Houstie, Wilkie, also part of a Dundee squad pipped at the post in 2003, was out injured.
In the end, it turned out to be a career-ending knee problem but that day back in May five years ago was also career defining.
Houston, who will lead his Falkirk side out as underdogs against Premiership runners-up Inverness at Hampden Park this weekend, stepped aside that day to allow crocked club captain Wilkie the glory of walking United out.
It’s something Wilkie admits he will never forget.
However, despite all of that, the former Scotland defender admits he’s got divided loyalties ahead of the season showpiece.
While he’s desperately keen for Houstie to make it two out of two at the national stadium, he’d also love Caley and John Hughes to be rewarded for what has been a remarkable season.
“I really would love to see Houstie and Falkirk do it,” said Wilkie.
“Even taking aside my loyalties to my old manager, everyone wants to see the underdog win in big games like this one.
“Falkirk have had a decent season which seemed to fall away a bit at the end in the league. They’ll be keen to make up for that tomorrow in what is a once-in-a-lifetime chance.
“People may not agree but I really think they can do it.”
On the Caley Jags charge this campaign, Wilkie says he’s been shocked.
Season after season people keep writing the Highlanders off. It has seemed like only a matter of time before Inverness’ bubble bursts. But the ball has continued rolling. Even when the departure of key figure Terry Butcher from the helm threatened to derail them, the club pulled Hughes out the bag, who Wilkie says has taken them to a new level.
“John has done an amazing job there,” he said.
“And it’s for that reason alone that I’m torn.
“You want to see the best teams rewarded for what they have achieved.
“They have European football to look forward to for the first time but a cup really would be the icing on the cake for them.
“For the size of the club and the city, Inverness have been punching above their weight for some time. It’s remarkable to see.”
In many a previous top division v lower league opposition clash the club looking up has almost always been written off.
But, so far, that’s not happened to the Bairns. Wilkie reckons a lot of that is to do with Houston.
However, he does concede that on their day Falkirk have some very good players in their ranks, too.
“Houstie is a big factor,” said the ex-Tangerines and Dark Blues man.
“He was good to me at United, especially on the day of the final.
“He didn’t have to ask me to lead the team out, he could have had that honour. But he did it, which sums up the man.
“Falkirk have some excellent players, some of which will no doubt be in the top division next season, but Houstie’s been there and done that.
“He knows how to win and I wouldn’t bet against an upset tomorrow.”
Wilkie added: “Some may say it’s two lesser sides in this one but I think differently.
“Inverness and Falkirk are model clubs in their own way and a few others could learn a lesson or two from them.”