Minnesota millionaire Mark Ogren could take his seat in the Tannadice directors’ box for the first time as Dundee United owner this weekend.
The man who bought the Tangerines and made a £1 million investment last month may fly into Scotland in time to see his new team in action when Dunfermline visit on Championship duty.
Staff at United are awaiting confirmation from the other side of the Atlantic as to exactly when Ogren will make his appearance but his intention to be here sometime in January has already been stated.
Manager Robbie Neilson, who talked to the owner in a conference call last week, has also said he expected to have a face-to-face with him by the middle of the month.
Ogren and his son Scott, who is also now on the board, had initially intended being here for the announcement they were taking over but a delay in the deal being concluded meant that was not possible.
He will be on his way soon and that should see agent Tony Asghar confirmed as director of football along with an, as yet, unnamed managing director.
Asghar was at Tannadice for the weekend draw with Partick Thistle and has been helping boss Robbie with work on planned January signings.
That’s already seen former Celtic kid Aidan Nesbitt fixed up. He made his debut in the second half against the Jags and won the penalty that saw United fight back to earn a point.
The manager, meanwhile, was taking the positives from the Thistle draw that saw his team close the gap to the top of the table to six points. He said: “I’m disappointed not to take three points but we’ve nicked a point on Ayr and Ross County so we’re a little bit closer.
“We found it a wee bit difficult to get control of the game in the first half. They played a diamond, were quite direct and they picked up a lot of second balls.
“In the second half we changed it a wee bit and managed to get a foothold.
“On the balance of chances we should have won the game.
“So there’s frustration that it’s just a point considering the way other results went but we’ve got to try and stay positive.
“It’s another point closer, so we’ve come out of it in a slightly better position.”