Charlie Telfer ready to make his mark at Dundee United

Charlie Telfer made a £200,000 move to Dundee United from Rangers
Charlie Telfer made a £200,000 move to Dundee United from Rangers

Dundee United midfielder Charlie Telfer aims to to help fill the gap left behind by Stuart Armstrong, Gary Mackay-Steven and Nadir Ciftci.

The influential trio have all moved to champions Celtic from Tannadice.

And 20-year-old Telfer is seeking to step up and become a more consistent performer.

"It's a big season, this is hopefully the first season where I can stamp my authority and impact the team," Telfer told BBC Scotland.

"Last season I'd just come in from Rangers and hadn't experienced first team football.

"Now I'm hoping to be one of the players that can influence games and get the fans happy again and coming back and enjoying it.

"You see Stuart, Gary and Nadir going to Celtic and playing in Europe and it's obviously an aspiration that this club has."

United are having to rebuild following the loss of the Celtic trio as well as Polish pair Radoslaw Cierzniak and Jaroslaw Fojut, while Calum Butcher also departed for Burton Albion.

However, assistant manager Simon Donnelly is pleased with the way the squad is shaping up.

He said: "We can talk until we're blue in the face about our philosophy and our belief in the players but ultimately it's results that can turn things around and we believe we've got the guys that can go and do that.

"You lose players and it's a natural feeling of disappointment for the support and the club - we're not any different.

"The guys that have moved on were great guys never mind great players for the club but we're confident we've got the players who can do as good a job if not better.

Paul Dixon (right) challenges Aberdeen's Kenny McLean
Paul Dixon (right) challenges Aberdeen's Kenny McLean in Sunday's 1-0 loss

"It's great to see these boys develop and there's a batch here I believe are ready to set the place on fire.

"If we were to go into the transfer window closing with that same squad we'd be quite happy."

Donnelly also believes his side showed enough in the opening day 1-0 defeat to Aberdeen suggest they are not far off last season's runners-up.

"As a team we looked reasonably solid," he said. "Midfield to front we looked as if we had a threat, more first half than second half. As a coaching team there's a lot of plusses there to move forward with and build on.

"It's the first game of the season against a team who have showed tremendous form last year to get second place and get themselves into Europe so it was a hard game for us but I wouldn't say there was too much between the sides and unfortunately for us Aberdeen managed to nick the goal."

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