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Monday, 28 October, 2002, 14:22 GMT
Thompson cheer for United
Steven Thompson celebrates his goal against Partick
Steven Thompson says talks are going well
Scotland striker Steven Thompson has brought some cheer to Dundee United fans and caretaker boss Paul Hegarty.

Thompson has indicated that, despite unconfirmed reports that Rangers were interested in signing him, his contract talks with United are progressing well.

And he has backed Hegarty's bid to take the manager's job permanantly along with assistant Maurice Malpas.

Thompson scored against Partick Thistle on Saturday as United were held to a draw a week after losing a two-goal lead before losing 3-2 at Tannadice.


The boys are devastated and I feel sorry for Paul and Maurice
Steven Thompson
But Thompson said: "That's twice we've been in very commanding positions going into the last spell of the game and twice we've thrown it away.

"To lose a point against Thistle was more disappointing because they were not threatening us too much outwith set-pieces.

"The boys are devastated and I feel sorry for Paul and Maurice because their preparation has been absolutely first class."

A CIS Cup tie away to Second Division Airdrie United gives United a chance to return to winning ways away from the pressures of propping up the Scottish Premier League.

"It's a shame we couldn't get the result for them, but we've still got Airdrie on Tuesday and Kilmarnock next Saturday and we'll be looking to win those games," said Thompson.

"Paul and Maurice have been doing well since they took over and all the boys in the changing room are behind them, although obviously I'm biased because I've known them so long.

Maurice Malpas and Paul Hegarty at Tannadice on Saturday
Malpas and Hegarty are under pressure
"I want them to get the job, but it's up to Eddie Thompson and the board of directors, it's not up to me.

"I just hope we can start getting the results that can keep them in the job."

Thompson is out of contract next summer and the new chairman has criticised the previous administration for not starting re-signing talks earlier.

If he is still out of contract by January, the striker could talk with other clubs and leave for nothing at the end of the season.

But the player disclosed: "I have had one meeting with Mr Thompson and Paul Hegarty.

"It went very well. We have another meeting planned and hopefully it will go well from there."

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United striker Steven Thompson
"We have another meeting towards the end of the month"
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28 Oct 02 | Dundee Utd
28 Oct 02 | Inverness CT
26 Oct 02 | Scot Prem
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