Mathieu Bastareaud has been left out of a 31-man France squad to prepare for the World Cup.
Now he’s got to know his players, Robbie Neilson believes he has a Dundee United squad ready to win promotion.
His last two victories have convinced Dundee United boss Robbie Neilson he has a squad capable of a sustained Championship promotion challenge.
Defeat in his first game at Dundee United for Csaba Laszlo was no catastrophe but it was certainly a disappointment.
The jigsaw is not quite complete but, in going for quality as opposed to quantity, Dundee United might just be putting together a squad capable of mounting an even stronger promotion challenge next season.
This time last year Luis Zwick had been given plenty of game time but it’s fair to say that wasn’t all good news for the young German.
With a busy schedule ahead, Dundee United manager Ray McKinnon is delighted to have been able to put the finishing touches to his squad — for now anyhow.