“Obviously it was a big decision to make, to leave Thistle at this time," he said. "But it’s one that feels right. It says what I think of Dundee United to do that.
“It wasn’t an easy decision but the things that are in place here are the things that really attracted me to the job. It’s an established SPL club with a fantastic playing squad, infrastructure and youth set-up.
“You obviously want to do well and get better at things as I did as a player and go up and up. It has come really early on and that’s why it’s the right time to take it. Great jobs like United don’t come around very often.
“It’s a club with a fantastic tradition, with a lot of trophies and great players and great managers over the years.”