Dixon has ambitions to Duff up old gaffer.
Byline: EUAN MCARTHUR
PAUL DIXON reckons he will always owe a debt to Jim Duffy - but that won't stop him trying to dump his old gaffer out of the League Cup quarter-final tonight.
Dixon began his career in 2005 at Dundee when Duffy was manager and it was the current Morton boss who gave the Dundee United full-back his big break.
Duffy was axed by the Dens board a few weeks later but had made a big impression on Dixon.
He said: "I have a lot of respect and appreciation for him because he was the one who gave me my big break.
"Unfortunately, it was only three games into my first season that he was sacked.
"However, I know he has been in the game a long time and is respected by a lot of people."
Dixon is also keen to put their 3-1 league defeat at Falkirk behind them.
He insists the lure of being just 90 minutes away from the final is enough to spur them on against their Championship rivals at Cappielow.
He added: "The boys know how much it means to play in a semi-final and ultimately, we hope, a final."
United gaffer Ray McKinnon faces an injury crisis with Willo Flood out with a thigh problem along with Tony Andreu (ribs) and Charlie Telfer (ankle).
Lewis Toshney is also suffering from a virus and Stewart Murdoch is 50-50 with a calf injury.
FINAL DRIVEPAUL Dixon