Houston hails winger's impact

United boss insists winger is not finished article yet

Gary Mackay-Steven: Catching the eye for Dundee United this season

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Dundee United manager Peter Houston believes highly-rated winger Gary Mackay-Steven can get even better.

The winger became an internet sensation after doing a stunning piece of trickery against St Johnstone last weekend.

But Houston is at pains to stress the former Ross County, Liverpool and Airdrie man is not the finished article yet.

Mackay-Steven has been earning rave reviews in the SPL this season but his boss reckons he still has to learn when to release the ball to maximum effect.

Exciting player

"Gary is a very exciting player and he has done brilliantly for us since he came into the team," said Houston.

"We know that if we get the ball into the box then guys like Jon Daly will be there to get on the end of them. That's one thing we are saying to Gary - get the ball into the box.

"He can learn from Paul Dixon in that respect because he knows how to put it in the penalty box.

"I don't care how Gary beats a man as long as he does it then it's all about getting good delivery.

"Gary has improved steadily since he came here and is still learning because he's not played all that many games.

"I always think the big thing for a winger is knowing when to put the ball into the box.

"If you are too early the strikers have not made their runs and if you delay too much the defence can get back.

"Knowing when to whip the ball in is something he's still learning but it will come."