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Lee Wilkie touched by Dundee United Cup final gesture

Venue: Hampden Park, Glasgow Date: Saturday, 15 May Kick-off: 1500 BST Coverage: Live: BBC One Scotland from 1255 BST, BBC Radio Scotland commentary available online (UK only), live text on BBC Sport website. Highlights: BBC One Scotland 2255 BST.

Lee Wilkie will lead United out at Hampden on Saturday
Dundee United hope Wilkie will be able to lead the side out at Hampden

Dundee United manager Peter Houston plans to step aside and let former captain Lee Wilkie lead the team out for Saturday's Scottish Cup final.

The defender was forced to retire at the age of 29 earlier this season after being plagued by knee problems.

"I can't thank the gaffer enough," said Wilkie, who moved to Tannadice from city rivals Dundee in 2006.

"To give up the chance to lead the team out so that I can be part of the day is an incredible gesture."

The Scottish Football Association are yet to grant permission for the break with protocol but United do not foresee any problems.


Houston approached Wilkie with the idea a few days after United set up their meeting with Ross County with a semi-final win over Raith Rovers last month.

"I'm honoured to be manager of Dundee United going into a Scottish Cup final and that's enough for me," said Houston.

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see also
Andy Webster's Cup final diary
18 May 10 |  Dundee Utd
Pain of final defeat spurs United
11 May 10 |  Dundee Utd
Dundee United lose Dods for final
07 May 10 |  Dundee Utd
Cup finalists want more tickets
29 Apr 10 |  Scottish Cups
Great Scottish Cup moments
10 Apr 10 |  Scottish Cups
Knee injury forces Wilkie to quit
03 Apr 10 |  Dundee Utd

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