Dundee United’s Callum Booth glad to be back after five weeks out

Dundee United full-back Callum Booth is happy to be back and getting game time after a disappointing spell on the sidelines through injury. 

Alongside the likes of Fraser Fyvie and Billy King, Booth had been on the treatment table at Tannadice. However, the defender is back and told Discovery Sports Media how happy he was to get a game last weekend against Alloa: “I had came on previously in a couple of games off the bench so it was great to get a proper run out in the (Irn-Bru) cup and back at Tannadice as well.

“I’ve not really played as much as I wanted to since I’ve came here so far. So, it’s definitely good to just get back out on the pitch. Really enjoyed it and hopefully there will be plenty more.”

The 27-year-old ex-Partick Thistle man picked up his injury in his first game. Yet despite such an early setback, Booth is a realist and is now looking forward to getting his United career off and running.

“It was hugely frustrating, especially with pre-season just having finished, and with Ross County away being my first game it was hugely frustrating.

“It is just one of those things in football. It’s unfortunate but you just need to get your head down. Five weeks I was out in total which was disappointing and I have been working my way back in.

“I’ve been in training for a couple of weeks now so it’s just great to be back. That’s in the past. It’s done but it is so frustrating, especially coming to a new club you want to hit the ground running. It was a tough time but I am back now and just looking forward now.”

Despite his injury, Booth has been able to train and he believes that the squad are starting to come together.

“I think it’s coming together and the manager’s ideas are coming across to us more as well.

“We’ve had the two-week break. We’ve been working on quite a lot of things on the training pitch. New ideas as well. So, hopefully we are getting there and we can really start to kick on.”

With United unbeaten in three games and just two points off the top of the Scottish Championship, they are seeking to build momentum and Booth believes the team have a big chance to do just that against Morton on Saturday.

“A lot of teams are tight together. It is still early on in the season so this is a big chance for us to go and get a good run of results.

“Obviously, three games unbeaten just now and seven points from nine is not too bad, but we need to go and build on that now and we’ve got a chance. Especially being at home. You know we’ve got a big chance to do that.”

Despite believing that the team have a big chance to build momentum, Booth is definitely not underestimating Saturday’s opponents.

“It will be a tough game. They (Morton) are always in and about the play-offs and they’ve had a good few cup runs over the years.

“Obviously, they’ve got a new manager as well which usually gives a team a lift.

“It is definitely going to be a hard game. On paper, their starting eleven is good, they’ve got a good bit of experience in there as well and they’ve started the season relatively well so it is definitely going to be a tough game.”

With Morton having appointed Jonatan Johansson as their new manager following the departure of Ray McKinnon, Booth is unsure if there will be a new manager bounce, especially considering Morton’s good start to the season so far.

“You can never really tell. It wasn’t as if McKinnon left when they were doing badly.

“They’ve made a good start to the season as it is. Usually managers obviously leave when things are going bad so it will be difficult to say.

He (Johansson) has been in there couple of weeks he’s had the chance to get his way of playing on the players. So, it’s difficult to say.”

Meanwhile, Fraser Fyvie and Billy King are expected to be in the United squad for Saturday.

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