Rankin - United need to bounce straight back

"If you go down to the Championship and don't bounce back up at the first time of asking, you can find yourself there for two, three seasons," he said.

"Before you know it, it turns into six, seven and eight seasons. We've seen Dunfermline do it, we've seen Hibs do it.

"That can't happen at a club the size of Dundee United."