Dundee Utd v St John'e preview

Dundee United boss Jackie McNamara has been boosted by the return to action of two of his promising teenagers for Monday's Premiership clash with St Johnstone.

Midfielder Ryan Gauld and defender John Souttar are available again following the hot-weather winter break which ruled them out of last week's 3-0 defeat at resurgent Ross County.

The loss stretched United's winless run to six matches, a sequence which came on the back of six successive wins going back to November.

McNamara, who hopes to include Andrew Robertson in his starting line-up after the defender shook off a stomach bug earlier this week, believes the returning youngsters will give his squad a much-needed lift.

"Hopefully we will all benefit from having Gauld and Souttar back," he said. "I spoke to them a few times when they were away and they said it was beneficial to get a break. We'll see how they perform in training and in matches."

St Johnstone boss Tommy Wright is likely to start new signing Chris Iwelumo on the substitutes' bench at Tannadice.

The veteran striker completed a shock move from Scunthorpe United earlier this week and is keen to form a partnership with prolific Saints striker Stevie May.

"The club speaks for itself really, St Johnstone are doing well, flying high, so who wouldn't want to be a part of it?," he said.

"Stevie is scoring goals and that's what strikers are paid to do. Hopefully, the goals will keep coming and I'll add a few as well."

Wright must travel to Tayside without suspended defender Tam Scobbie but fit-again Brian Easton, who has recovered from a hamstring problem, stands by to deputise.

Northern Ireland international Alan Mannus, who was banned for his part in the McDiarmid Park melee last week, is again replaced by Steve Banks after the veteran shone in the midweek 1-0 victory over Partick Thistle at Firhill.