Houston confirms Imrie offer

Terrors lodge bid for Accies forward

Dougie Imrie: Has been targeted by Peter Houston at Dundee United

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Dundee United have tabled a bid for Hamilton forward Dougie Imrie, manager Peter Houston has confirmed.

Houston, who is poised to accept the Scottish Football Association's offer of a two-match ban for comments about an official, has revealed United are awaiting a response from Accies to their £25,000 offer.

Hamilton face Partick Thistle in the Irn-Bru First Division on Friday night and St Mirren in a William Hill Scottish Cup fourth round replay on Tuesday and may be reluctant for Imrie, who is 28 and has also had a spell at Inverness, to depart before then.

"We have made a bid for him," said Houston, who is looking to fill a space in his squad following Scott Allan's departure to West Brom.

"When you're working with a smaller squad, versatility is a good thing.

"I've seen Dougie play as a lone striker, as a striker, wide on the right, wide left and at left-back.

"He's caught my eye when he's played against us. I've watched him a number of times and he's somebody I think would add to our squad."

Disciplined

Houston is set to watch from the stands as his United side play at Scottish Premier League leaders Celtic on Saturday after being disciplined for comments made following the 2-1 loss to Aberdeen on January 2nd.

The SFA issued the Scotland assistant manager with a notice of complaint on Wednesday over remarks which allegedly breached SFA rule 68, which relates to statements about match officials.

Houston had claimed his side were denied a "glaring penalty" and ought to have had a throw-in the lead-up to the Dons' equalising goal.

The manager was given until 1pm on Friday to respond to the notice of complaint from the SFA's compliance officer, but is unlikely to contest the ban.

Houston, who is also set to miss the SPL fixture with Motherwell, said: "I just need to accept it. It's in the rules that you can't call them incompetent."