Dundee United’s transformation from also-rans to serious title challengers continued with goalkeeper Ross Laidlaw the latest to sign up at Tannadice.

The former Hibs shot-stopper arrives as Matej Rakovan leaves Tannadice on a free – but can the Arabs finally push on and challenge for the title?

12th January 2019, Tannadice Park, Dundee, Scotland; Scottish Championship football, Dundee United versus Dunfermline Athletic; Nicky Clark of Dundee United celebrates after scoring for 1-0 in the 80th minute

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After several disappointing results earlier in the season, United looked well off the pace but have started to re-emerge as potential promotion candidates.

A clash with Ayr on Friday night could see United draw level with Ross County at the top of the table – if only for a short time.

RONALDO NEEDS TO STOP WHINING.

With a strong performance on Friday, United could give themselves a slight advantage.

12th January 2019, Tannadice Park, Dundee, Scotland; Scottish Championship football, Dundee United versus Dunfermline Athletic; Joe Thomson of Dunfermline Athletic challenges for the ball with Sam Stanton of Dundee United

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County will know they need to pick up points to re-take the lead and it may well put added pressure on the Staggies.

Robbie Neilson seems to have really go United on track with some of his signings in the last few weeks.

Adding Lee McCulloch to his backroom staff will also help and the former Rangers captain brings a wealth of experience.

5th January 2019, Tannadice Park, Dundee, Scotland; Scottish Championship football, Dundee United versus Partick Thistle; Stuart Bannigan of Patrick Thistle challenges for the ball with Pavol Safranko of Dundee United

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If Neilson’s side can get themselves into a decent run of form over the next few weeks then they will put themselves in a very strong position.

On their day United can beat anyone in the division and will fancy their chances over 90 minutes.

A return to the top-tier was part of new owner Mark Ogren’s plan to revive the Arabs.

They might just achieve the first step earlier than anyone would’ve expected just a few months ago.

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