New Dundee United winger Paul McMullan is hoping to kick on further this term after joining the Tangerines on a 2-year-deal. Thw winger had a successful spell on loan with Dunfermline last campaign before leaving Parkhead this summer for pastures new.
McMullan was on loan at Championship rivals Dunfermline last season, with the winger making 39 appearances.
“It was the longest run I have had of playing games regularly and that gave me confidence which helped me add consistency to my game. The idea this summer was to leave Celtic and try get something permanent; I always had another year at Celtic as a backup, but, once a couple of offers came in I knew that is what I wanted to push for. I chose United in the end because it is a big club: it has lofty ambitions of going up to the Premiership next season and to add to that you have great training facilities too which allows us to train and develop as best as we can so I felt this was the right step to make at this time in my career. It has been really good so far, all the new guys have helped me settle in. I travel with a few of the boys an that helps too as it cuts down a bit on the travelling which is always a bonus. They are all really nice guys though and that is the biggest thing when trying to settle in.”
Promotion is the main aim this season, insists McMullan.
“There will be 3 or 4 teams looking at going up this season; we are definitely one of them. We have a lot of talent in our squad. A good mix of quality and experience so I can see why the favourties tag has been given to us but as I say, there will be 3 or 4 teams that are also as determined as us to go up. The squad has been afreshened up this season but the guys who are still here from last season, you can sense their determination to make amends for losing out in the play-offs last season. Hopefully this year we can go up.”
Before all that starts, Ray McKinnon’s men have the opportunity to try and progress in the BetFred Cup.
“It is very competitive and you always want to do well in the cups. We want to start the season as we aim to go on and we have began well with a couple of wins. The Raith game, they set up really well and they made it difficult for us: they had two banks of 4 and the 2 strikers dropped in too, but, once we got the goal, we played a bit better and showed our qualities. I wouldn’t say the games so far have been comfortable, though. Buckie, as well – it was never going to be a big stadium that we were visiting but I felt we stayed professional and got the job done. I had experience going up there with Dunfermline last season and that helped as I knew what kind of journey to expect this season so I was in a good mindset. It also helped as I knew how tight the pitch was and the set-up of the stadium so it was definitely helpful to have played there before but as I say, it wasn’t comfortable and we had to work hard to get our wins so far. Hopefully we can carry that on into Sunday and pick up another three points heading into the Derby. If we can get an early goal, hopefully that will open up the match which would suit us, but, if it didn’t come, we would just knock the ball from side to side and be patient because if we do that, our rewards will come. I think you would be very unlucky to go out with 9 points to be honest but we know if we take care of business over the next two weeks then we won’t need to rely on any other groups in any other games. It would be great to set our fans home happy from the Derby with a win and topping the group.”
McMullan has scored two goals, one in either game, so far.
“I have been really pleased with my performances so far. I didn’t get as many goals as I would have liked last season  so I am happy to get off the mark quickly this year, but I won’t be setting any targets. I am just looking to kick on further this campaign and if I do start scoring goals regularly then maybe I will set targets for myself later on in the season but just now I am solely focused on retaining my place within the team and picking up three points on Sunday.”