Dundee United owner Mark Ogren has rubbished suggestions he’s “wasted money” buying the Tannadice club but confessed he’s put more than expected into the Arabs after spending an estimated £8million so far.

While the American businessman hasn’t wasted time in restoring United to their place in the top-flight after a number of years languishing in the second tier, he told how the impact of Covid-19 financially has meant “all bets were off”.

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Ogren is optimistic for the future at Tannadice (photo by David Young/Action Plus via Getty Images)

“We haven’t wasted the money. It just ended up costing us more money than we thought,” Ogren said.

“Sometimes you get into it and you make decisions, where things are a little bit different than you thought it would be.

“We did our due diligence and had a plan when we came in and it cost us more. It wasn’t because there were mistakes made because often when you get into a business then there are opportunities that arise that can help us long-term and along with that we had covid and all bets were off during that period.”

As Dundee gets used to having two top-flight clubs again, Ogren was bullish about the future ans insists he wouldn’t swap places with anyone in Scottish football.

The American is “really pleased” with how things have gone overall since taking charge at Tannadice and United fans will no doubt be excited at what is to come after a dismal recent history.

“I would not trade my position of where we are at and what we are doing here with anybody else in Scottish football,” he added.

“I really feel, no matter what measurement you use or element of the club you look at, it is all good. We are going to continue to improve and we want to improve.

“I am just really pleased with where we are at.”

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