Transfer deadline day interest from Southampton had an unsettling effect on Dundee United’s teenage full-back Jamie Robson, Ray McKinnon has admitted.
But he’s stressed the lack of a firm offer from the English Premier League outfit meant there was no chance of the 19-year-old heading south of the border.
“It was an awkward situation for everybody.
“It unsettled him, people have been telling him it was an opportunity missed but there was no opportunity there.
“There wasn’t an official bid and we said if you want to buy him, bid but there was no bid.
“They wanted to take him on loan but we needed him here playing in the team.
“If they’d come in with a concrete bid we would have had to look at it but they didn’t.
“It was a loan bid that would have left us with no left-back so it was never going to get off the ground.”
Thursday’s draw for the third round of the Irn-Bru Cup saw United handed a home tie with Northern Irish outfit Linfield.
Pleased to be at home again, Ray will use next month’s game to again give some of his emerging talent more top team game tie.
“It will be good for them to play against a team from another league,” he added.
“They’ve done well in the games against Cowdenbeath and Alloa and this will give them more experience.”