Neil Alexander sees similarities between Dundee United and his old Livingston team

Neil Alexander says that the belief and togetherness in the Dundee United dressing room reminds him of the promotion winning Livingston side he played in last season.

The Dundee United goalkeeper coach is nearing the end of his first full season since hanging up his gloves having just played a key role in Livingston’s play-off successes last season. Despite no longer playing, Alexander has enjoyed the start to his coaching career.

“It has been enjoyable,” he said.

“Obviously if we can finish it off with promotion it would be fantastic.

“It is tough at times getting used to the workload.

“You’re used to just coming out and training then going home.

“There is a lot more that goes on and you appreciate how much a coaching staff has to do a little bit more.

“You see what is happening behind the scenes, but it is a great place to be at the minute now with a lot of things happening and hopefully the club moving forward in a positive way.”

Livingston enjoyed back-to-back promotion campaigns from League One to the Championship and on to the Premiership. For Alexander, he can see similarities between the Livingston side and the current Dundee United team.

“The positivity around the place and the momentum we are taking into the play-offs is something that Livingston had,” he said.

“The belief in the dressing room and the togetherness is very much the same here.

“We have got a great group of guys who work hard for each other and that was the same last year.

“I think that won us a lot of games last year and it got us through some tough times.

“Last year we worked hard, we had that hard work ethic which the boys are starting to get now which the manager has brought in, so we are all on the same page.

“We all know what the goal is, and we are all trying our hardest to get there.”

United goalkeeper Benjamin Siegrist earned plenty of plaudits for his performance against Inverness at Tanndiace in the play-off semi-final second leg. Following a season of ups-and-downs, Alexander is delighted to see Siegrist’s progress.

“I’m absolutely delighted,” he said.

“He has been magnificent for me since he came in.

“He has been a real pleasure to work with from day one and he is getting the rewards just now for all the hard work he has put in.

“He has had a bit of a rocky time, ups-and-downs and we are just trying to get that consistency which a goalkeeper needs, but this is probably the longest run of games he has had in his whole career, so we are starting to get the benefits of that.

“We are absolutely delighted with the form he is showing just now.”

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