Dundee United’s Scott Fraser believes the professionalism of the Tannadice players won’t allow for a slip-up when they travel to Somerset Park to play Ayr.
After such a good win against Hibs, it would be easy to become complacent but the attacking midfielder doesn’t envisage that problem in the United dressing-room.
He said: “I think we are professional enough to treat each team with respect, whether it’s Ayr or Hibs, so I don’t think this game becomes any more difficult.”
The Tangerines head into the clash in an excellent run of form where they haven’t lost in nine league games.
Their last defeat was to Falkirk in the middle of September, which is good going in such a competitive division.
Fraser sees this as an incentive for other teams, though, which will make today’s game a test.
“We’re a scalp, if you like, especially with the run we are on,” he said.
“We expect a tough match every week in this league. When you are at the top, most teams will be looking to sit in against us.”
However, the 21-year-old is sure manager Ray McKinnon will have the team organised to win the game.
“The manager will set us up in a way he thinks we can impose our style and that’s all we will be looking to do,” said Fraser.
“We will be aiming for three points again.”
McKinnon has praised Fraser for his fine form recently and the environment created by the manager looks to be a good place for the former Tannadice youth academy graduate and others to develop.
There has also been interest in some of the younger players in the United squad, with Jamie Robson linked with Southampton earlier this week.
Fraser feels that is a sure sign the club is moving forward again.
“I think we have a young squad with experienced players round about us,” he said.
“If there are teams looking at our players, it can only be good because it means the team is doing well.”
Reflecting on the win against Hibs, Fraser was amazed at the level of support he and his team-mates received at the final whistle.
A crowd of nearly 11,000 turned up to watch the top-of-the-table clash and the Dundonian couldn’t believe the roar when the game ended.
“After the final whistle, the noise from the supporters is something we will never forget,” said Fraser.
“That atmosphere is something I haven’t been a part of since I broke into the first team at United.
“We were just happy to get the three points as it was a massive game for both teams.”
The young Tangerine also admitted the players had spoken about the size of the crowd and hinted it could spur them on to better things as it’s what they want to play in front of every week.
He continued: “It’s something we spoke about after the game and, no disrespect, but we’re not going to play in front of that size of crowd every week in the Championship.”
If Dundee United do get promoted at the first time of asking, it will probably see Fraser pit his wits against the man who coached him in the academy for many years.
Ian Cathro was unveiled as the Hearts manager this week and Fraser is more than happy to see him take the step up to management.
“I’m delighted for him but a bit shocked at seeing him as a manager,” he exclaimed.
“He was obviously my coach from U/11s through to U/15s and he was class with me.
“I’ve spoken to my old United team-mate John Souttar, too, and he’s really excited to be working with him again at Hearts.”
However, Fraser warned the Jambos players not to expect an easy time from the novice manager.
“He likes to get the ball out but he will demand hard work, it is something he looked for throughout from an early age,”explained Fraser.