Dundee United manager Micky Mellon has hailed teenager Kerr Smith after the defender made his debut for the Tannadice side off the back of training with Manchester United.

The 16-year-old centre-back spent a week training with Manchester United earlier this season before penning his first professional contract at Tannadice. Attracting Premier League interest, he was hugely impressive midweek as he made his professional debut from the start, albeit Kilmarnock winning the Scottish Premiership match against the Arabs 3-0.

Smith spent a week training with Manchester United.

Smith spent a week training with Manchester United. (Photo by Mark Scates / SNS Group via Getty Images)

Mellon is impressed with his youngster who has gained admirers in Manchester United and more: “Dundee United is a club with different strands to the job and one of them is to get young players into the first team. When the opportunity comes to do that, and I think they are ready, then I am keen to do that.

“Wednesday night presented me with the opportunity, because I believed they were ready, to come in and show us where they were up to. I thought they all did really well. There is still room for development but they are all very young. When the opportunities come we give them. If he’s good enough he’s old enough. Kerr’s a brilliant young player who’s been knocking on the door for some time.


“The result didn’t go the way we wanted it to go, we want to win every game we take part in. And it was important to stress that the integrity of the league was at the forefront of my mind and I wouldn’t have put them in if I didn’t believe we could have gained a result.

“But a few moments – not periods – moments, we didn’t deal with right and found ourselves in a difficult position. But we kept battling and playing away and showed enough signs to believe we can be excited about their futures.”

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