Former Rangers captain Lee McCulloch thinks that Dundee United manager Robbie Neilson is destined for the top – and admits it is a “privilege” to work with the Tannadice manager.

McCulloch works with the Arabs’ strikers and has worked closely with Neilson as he’s led the Championship side to the brink of a return to the Scottish Premiership.

KILMARNOCK, SCOTLAND - JULY 18: Kilmarnock manager Lee McCulloch and Clyde manager Jim Chapman before the Betfred League Cup game on July 18, 2017 in Kilmarnock, Scotland.

(Photo by Christian Cooksey/Getty Images)

Neilson’s side face St. Mirren in the first-leg of their play-off final tonight and admits that the player and staff at Tannadice “love” working for the former Scotland international.

“Robbie is a young manager that I think will go to the top,” McCulloch told the Evening Times.

EDINBURGH, SCOTLAND - MAY 23: Rangers Nicky Clatk and Lee McCulloch celebrates at full time during the Scottish Championship play off semi final, second leg match between Hibernian and Rangers at Easter Road on May 23, 2015 in Edinburgh, Scotland.

(Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

“The players respect him, his staff love working for him, he is forward thinking and has great ideas.

“He is a modern day manager, but he has got a bit of old school in him as well and that is always great to see and work with. It is a privilege to be there with him.”

United finished second in the Championship this season and saw off Inverness in the play-off semi-finals.

NORTHAMPTON, ENGLAND - JANUARY 20: Milton Keynes Dons manager Robbie Neilson looks on during the Sky Bet League One match between Northampton Town and Milton Keynes Dons at Sixfields on January 20, 2018 in Northampton, England.

(Photo by Pete Norton/Getty Images)

The Arabs have been out of the top tier for a number of seasons and a return would see them go back up as rivals Dundee slip into the Championship.

Neilson has impressed since taking the reins at Tannadice and if they can find a way past St. Mirren it would be a fantastic reward for Neilson’s hard work.

Have something to tell us about this article?