Dundee United: Callum Morris tips club for Europe and domestic push

Dundee United defender Callum Morris
Callum Morris and his Dundee United team-mates finished fifth in the Premiership last season

Callum Morris is confident an improved Dundee United can secure European football and challenge for domestic silverware next season.

Defender Morris, 25, says United can compete with any side if they become more consistent in the new campaign.

"I think it's massive, you have to have a good start, which we did last season," Morris said.

"We just need to make sure we're consistent this season; that's what was lacking last term."

United return to training in the first week of July, when fellow Scottish Premiership clubs Aberdeen and St Johnstone begin Europa League qualifiers.

"As a footballer you want to achieve as much as you can in your career so I think we're all a bit gutted that we missed out on that [Europe]," Morris explained.

Dundee United players and manager Jackie McNamara
United were beaten by Celtic in last season's Scottish League Cup final

"Our downfall last season was mistakes on our part rather than other teams outplaying us, so if we can put that right I don't see why we can't compete with everyone this season.

"There's a lot of quality. You've seen the younger players, the likes of Scott Fraser who've been away out on loan and done really well, so there'll be a lot of competition, a lot of young lads who have got a campaign under their belt and they'll all be kicking on and trying to push for that berth in the starting 11."

Celtic beat United in last season's Scottish League Cup final, 10 months after the Tangerines had been beaten by St Johnstone in the Scottish Cup final.

And Morris says Jackie McNamara's side are "chomping at the bit to get back and lift a trophy".

"That's going to be a major goal for this season and I don't see why we can't push people all the way," Morris added.

"If we get our consistency we proved last season that we can go and beat pretty much everyone in this league.

Dundee United midfielder Scott Fraser
Fraser hopes to make the breakthrough at Tannadice

"Last season was my first major cup final and for a few of the lads as well and everyone's just desperate to go and put that right now and lift the trophy, because the travelling support was there for the semi-final and the final. It was brilliant and we want to go and lift the trophy for them."

Meanwhile, midfielder Fraser, 20, hopes to follow in the footsteps of youngsters Ali Coote, Blair Spittal and Charlie Telfer, among others, by breaking into the first team.

"For me it's 100% the right place to be," said Fraser.

"Even last season you see Ali Coote, only 16, getting a chance. Wee Gauldie was only 16 when he got a chance and look at him now [at Sporting Lisbon].

"We brought in Andy Robertson from Queen's Park and gave him his chance and look at him now [at Hull City]. So definitely it's the right club to be at for young players to progress.

"I spoke to the gaffer at the end of last season and that's his plan, for me to make the breakthrough.

"He said ability-wise I've always been good enough to play, it's just about getting stronger, getting more into tackles and I feel that I've done that on my loan period so this is definitely going to be my season I hope."

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