Dundee United head coach Thomas Courts is happy to see his key players linked with moves elsewhere as it fits with the club’s long-term strategy to sell them for a profit.
Scotland striker Lawrence Shankland, who has scored three goals in four games while leading his Premier Sports Cup group, is entering the final year of his contract while goalkeeper Benjamin Siegrist has also drawn attention.
“There is nothing official to report, but I am delighted that these players are generating interest as they are top players,” said Courts. Sky Sports News.
“I see it everyday in the way they train and play.
“At the end of the day when we recruit what we think will be future assets, at some point bigger clubs are going to call in and show interest. We have to prepare for that.
“I see this as a positive sign in terms of the strategy we have at the club.”
The courts moved from tactical performance manager to head coach last month after Micky Mellon left and the 39-year-old intends to give youngsters a chance before entering the transfer market.
“It’s something that I have spoken to at the club regularly,” Courts said when asked about potential signings.
“I want to be really selective with the recruiting this year because again I think the young players are progressive here.
“They’re hungry for opportunities, so before we jump right into the transfer market, I want to make sure I’ve looked at every player here, and I think we’re almost there.
“We’re almost there in terms of making key decisions.”
Dundee United will look to build on their four successive League Cup wins when they face Aberdeen in their first Scottish Championship game on August 1.
The club finished ninth last season on their return to the top flight and Courts say the return of city rivals Dundee and Hearts adds to the league’s intrigue.
“It’s going to be very exciting,” Courts said. “There are a lot of derbies in there.
“I’m a great defender of the Scottish Premiership anyway, I always take the opportunity to talk about the league. It’s a unique league, very competitive.
“After spending last season in the league, the players will be aware of the challenges. They will be excited and ready for it.
“Should the goal be to finish in the top six? I understand how many points you have to hit each quarter to get it. But Aberdeen is the priority and they will obviously have their own ambitions.
“We understand where we need to be on a regular basis in order to aim for the top end of the league.”