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Dundee hit out at Robertson move

Scott Robertson shows off his new Dundee United colours
Robertson has made the short move to Tannadice

Dundee have criticised Dundee United's conduct after their city rivals' signing of midfielder Scott Robertson.

The 23-year-old joined the Tannadice club under freedom of contract, having agreed a three-year deal.

But Dundee chairman Bob Brannan told BBC Sport: "United have been deeply disrespectful to us.

"I called Eddie Thompson before the League Cup final to wish him well. Now they take a player we've developed and there is not even a courtesy call."

Robertson came through the Dens Park youth system, but his age means that they will receive no cash reward from United following the transfer.

"If Scott had been six months younger, we'd have got compensation," said Brannan.

"That's the law, I accept that, but there is nothing to prevent people from phoning as a common courtesy to us.

"It is very poor form. Scott goes with our best wishes, but common courtesy costs nothing. I think it shows a lack of class."

Dundee United have conducted this signing strictly in accordance with the rules

Dundee United spokesman

Brannan admits that United did notify their close neighbours about their interest in Robertson some months ago but believes that his club deserved more respect.

"United were on to us the other week looking for co-operation on the fixture list, but it's always one way with United," he said.

"They sent in the mandatory letter about Scott before the last transfer window.

"But, since then, we've heard nothing from them - not even the courtesy of a call."

A United spokesman did not wish to become involved in a war or words.

"Dundee United have conducted this signing strictly in accordance with the rules and it appears, from Mr Brannan's statement, that he acknowledges this," he said.

"We are therefore surprised at his comments and see no point in responding in kind."

United manager Craig Levein revealed that he had been on the trail of the midfielder for some time.


"My attention was first drawn to Scott when he was playing in the Dundee youth team against Hearts," said the former Tynecastle boss.

"A while later, I tried to sign him and I had another go when I was down in England, but nothing came of it.

"In the end, it's taken five or six years, but it will be worth it because we are getting another talented player whose best years are ahead of him and who has the ambition and hunger to be a success."

Robertson made his debut for Dundee in January 2005, going on to make more than 100 appearances for the club.

As skipper last season, he helped Dundee reach second place in the First Division, finishing seven points behind Hamilton.

"Scott is a very direct player who likes to get in the opposition box whenever possible," added Levein.

"I believe he will help us strengthen our goal threat from open play."

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