You have to go back to former favourite David Robertson’s time in the Premier League for Dundee United’s last win at St Johnstone.
Problem for the 2010 Scottish Cup winner is he was playing for Saints that day, but he believes the work Mixu Paatelainen’s doing at Tannadice means the Tangerines have a fighting chance of an overdue McDiarmid Park victory tomorrow.
Along with fellow ex-United men David McCracken and Fran Sandaza, Robertson was in the home line-up as Saints went down 2-0 in April 2012. Seven visits since have failed to produce a United victory.
“I remember that game — I think I was subbed in the second half which wasn’t unusual for me in my time at Saints!” laughed Robertson.
“I’ve got better memories of scoring in a win over them for United the year before I moved. At that time it was a fixture we usually won.”
He believes a factor in that was managers like Craig Levein and Peter Houston had the mix of youth and experience just right.
That’s why he’s been happy to see Mixu add tried-and-tested pros since his arrival in October.
“When I was at United we had a lot of young players coming through. You had David Goodwillie, Johnny Russell and Stuart Armstrong breaking through.
“You also had experienced players like Jon Daly, Andy Webster and Sean Dillon and that was a big help to the kids.
“They’d come in and play but, when they needed to, could drop out again. That meant they built their experience over a period of time.
“Over the last couple of years there’s been talent coming through but they’ve had to play most of the time and it became a baptism of fire, so Mixu’s done well to bring in older guys.
“It’s let him use the kids when he can but take them out again and it’s definitely helped.
“It’s why United have been improving and, from a month or two ago when you’d say they were definitely down, now they’ve a chance of staying up.”
He feels a couple of wins, as United play Saints, Partick and Inverness before the Premiership splits next week, will boost survival hopes.
“If they pick up points in these games I’d back them. It’s not a case of wiping out the gap right now. If they reduce it and Kilmarnock continue to falter, they’ll have a real chance to catch them after the split.”
Not that he expects an easy task against Saints. He’ll always be remembered more for his success at United but his time at St Johnstone left him with respect for the set-up there.
“I’ve been following United closely this season and the situation they’re in means even though Saints are an old club, too, I want them to win. They need it more, so I’ll be happy if United come out on top.
“It won’t be easy because Saints are solid and they have a lot of good pros.”
His two-and-a-half years in Perth were marred by a broken leg but he still has happy memories.
“I’ve a lot of time for Tommy Wright and the chairman (Steve Brown). They were very good with me when I was injured and I left there on good terms.”
December saw Robertson drop from the SPFL to join Lowland League Selkirk. At 29 it’s a case of stepping down to start a new chapter of his career.
“Being honest, I’ve not been the same since my leg-break. I had offers to stay in the league but Garry O’Connor said he’d like me to basically be assistant manager.
“It was a great chance to get into that side of things and keep playing.
“Players worry when they get older but I enjoy taking training and working with young players.”