Robbie Neilson has revealed he tried to sign Paul McMullan when he was Hearts boss – and he’s delighted to see the attacker shining for him now at Dundee United.
When in charge at Tynecastle, Neilson won promotion for the Jambos but wasn’t able to lure McMullan from Celtic as the 22-year-old spent a number of years on loan in the Championship.
In the summer, the former St Mirren and Dunfermline loanee was told he could find a new club by previous boss Csaba Laszlo.
However, since the change of manager, McMullan has excelled under Robbie.
The United gaffer said: “I think Paul is a very good player.
“When he was a kid at Celtic and I was at Hearts I tried to get him in because I liked his style of play, I liked his energy.
“There aren’t a lot of people in Scotland who have both pace and energy, we are a nation that doesn’t really produce people like that so he’s got something different.
“When I came in obviously it was a fresh start for him and he’s been given freedom to play.
“At this moment he’s doing exceptionally well.”
The Tangerines face league-leaders Ayr United tonight aiming to cut what was an eight-point gap when Robbie took over to zero with victory.
And the United gaffer is hopeful his side get a good following at Tannadice to cheer his men to what could be a big win for their promotion ambitions.
He said: “I think it will be a really good game and I hope we get a good crowd for it.
“It’s something a bit different for fans on a Friday night under the floodlights, a top-of-the-table clash – it should be exciting.”