Dundee United’s Ian Harkes hasn’t given up hope on his side reaching the top six of the Scottish Premiership, even though it will depend on how St Mirren fare against Rangers this afternoon.

With Dundee United not in action until tomorrow against Celtic, a win for St Mirren at Ibrox would give them a seven point lead with only six points available for United. As it stands, the Saints have a four point lead over United.

Goal is for two wins

Anything less than a St Mirren win will give United hope, providing they defeat Celtic tomorrow. Harkes has disclosed that United’s goal is to get two wins from the last two games before the split to reach the top six.

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Dundee United’s Ian Harkes in action against Hamilton (Photo by Sammy Turner/SNS Group via Getty Images)

“For us, we’re looking at it like we’re going to have to go out and win to get those three points because we need six points to try to jump into the top six. That’s still our goal and our aim” he said (The Courier).

Confident of defeating champions

Harkes reckons that the game against Celtic will still be difficult for United, even though the Scottish champions haven’t been at their best this season. With that in mind, he is confident that his team can add to the Glasgow side’s woes.

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Ian Harkes and Dundee United takes on Celtic tomorrow (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

“I think we still have to respect this Celtic team because, based on the points on the table, they’re second-best in the country, and we know what they can do to teams.

“We’ve also seen how teams have got a few results against them this year and turned them over. We’re hoping to do the same” he concluded.

Ahead of that though, all eyes at Dundee United will be at Ibrox, where they will be hoping Rangers can do them a favour in the race for the top six.

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