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Dundee United try striker Andis Shala at centre-back

By Andy Campbell

Dundee United player Andis Shala
Shala has featured only sparingly since arriving at United

Dundee United will continue trying Andis Shala at the back as they look to bolster their defensive options.

Shala, traditionally a striker, featured at centre-half in last week's defeat by Unirea Urziceni in Austria.

Manager Peter Houston told BBC Scotland: "He's keen to try it. We've got a lot of strikers. He might have a better chance of getting a game there.

"We're playing a closed-door game at Queen's Park during the week and I'll probably play him at centre-half."

With Lee Wilkie's injury-enforced retirement and Andy Webster's loan spell over, Houston is hopeful of bringing another defender in before the start of the Scottish Premier League season.

"I've lost two, Lee Wilkie's retired and Andy Webster's away back to Rangers," added Houston.

"Another centre-half would be excellent because I've got cover in most areas bar centre-half."

The 21-year-old Shala joined United from VfR Mannheim in 2008 has made 23 appearances for the Scottish Premier League club, all but six from the substitutes' bench.

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