Frédéric Frans believes that winning the Scottish Championship is in Dundee United’s hands, although he admits this league is an unpredictable one.
Speaking as Dundee United first team coaches and players hosted a training session for children from the Junior Tangerines – Dundee United’s Junior Supporters’ Club – at the GA Arena, defender Frans was clear that it wouldn’t be easy, but is positive about the club’s chances of winning the league.
“This league is so unpredictable, everything is possible,” he said.
“I think we just need to focus on and win our own games and try to close the gap on the top.
“I do think everything is in our own hands.
“I believe if we win every game from now until the end of the season you win the title, but obviously in this league it is very hard.”
United’s positive form continued with a creditable 1-0 win away to Queen of the South last weekend. Frans returned to the starting line-up and feels very positive about securing a result at a very tough venue.
“It is a very tough place to go,” he said.
“I think they only lost four times this season at home, two against us.
“It is a very good team, you see also the results they got at home against Ross County and against Ayr.
“So, it is a very good win for us.”
The win takes United to just three points behind league leaders Ross County and Frans believes it will be tight at the top until the end of the season.
“It puts pressure on the top of the table,” he said.
“You see in this league everything is close and will stay close until the end I think.”
United’s new signings have made a big impact since the close of the January window, not least by increasing competition for places. Whilst some players might not welcome increased competition for places, Frans sees it as a good thing.
“I think we brought in some great players,” he said.
“We had some good players already and we have just got an even better team now.”
“In every position we are doubled up, so it is hard to fight for the places, but it is a good thing.
“The only thing we want as players is to win the title, so we need good players and competition for that.”
United will travel to Falkirk this Saturday in the league – their second week in a row on a plastic pitch. Mark Reynolds was not risked against Queen of the South on their plastic pitch, however Frans has no issues playing on the sometimes controversial artificial turf.
“To be honest I don’t mind about plastic pitches,” he said.
“I’ve done both my knees in my career, but I never thought about not playing on plastic pitches.
“So, I am happy to play on them.”
On the game itself, Frans knows Dundee United are in for another tough challenge.
“It is a cliché but in this league every game is tough,” he said.
“They got a lot of transfers done in January as well.
“They have had some good results which means it will be a very tough place to go.”