So glad I rolled the Tannadice and left Ibrox.
Byline: DAVID McCARTHY
CHARLIE TELFER has scored four goals in 16 matches for Dundee United. Was named Scotland's Young Player of the Month for November.
Not bad for a kid who wasn't considered good wasn't considered good enough to play for Rangers enough to play for Rangers against the likes of against the likes of Montrose and Elgin as Montrose and Elgin as they journeyed through they journeyed through the divisions. the divisions. He could be bitter about that but the 19-year-old that but the 19-year-old wears a ready smile and wears a ready smile and delivers a neat line in delivers a neat line in diplomacy whenever the diplomacy whenever the subject crops up.
subject crops up. Perhaps that's because it has all worked out well it has all worked out well for the midfielder whose for the midfielder whose silky touch caught the eye silky touch caught the eye of United manager Jackie of United manager Jackie McNamara in many of the McNamara in many of the Under-20 games he played Under-20 games he played for Rangers. for Rangers. McNamara offered Telfer a deal as his Ibrox contract was expiring and while the Tannadice club were forced to pay Rangers a development fee of more than PS200,000 it seems like they got themselves a bargain.
Telfer isn't a certain starter against Celtic in tomorrow's League Cup Final but is already an established part of McNamara's first-team set-up and is loving every minute of it. He said: "The manager hasn't told us the team. He just wants everyone to put in a full week's training and be competitive, trying to get into his thoughts. "I won the Youth Cup with Rangers against Hearts last season and it was a great occasion. "Hopefully this final will have the same outcome. It's the biggest game of my life." Ask what he was doing this time last year and he responds by saying he was probably getting ready for another development game at Murray Park. Telfer added: "This is a MOVE PAYING OFFTelfer massive step up. The biggest reason for coming here was the manager's faith in young players. "As much as it was a hard decision for me to leave Rangers I think it was a good one." He looks at tomorrow's opponents and sees two boys he played against coming through the ranks getting first-team football at Celtic. Liam Henderson and Callum McGregor might not be regular starters but at least they are getting an opportunity and Telfer believes they show it can be done at the Old Firm. He said: "I was involved in Scotland teams with Liam and he is a good player. Callum and Liam have both done well. "They were involved in European games which would have been a massive experience." Two of his old Dundee United mates, Gary Mackay-Steven and Stuart Armstrong, are now at Celtic but can't play tomorrow because they are cup-tied. And Telfer said: "We definitely missed them at first but at the start of the season Stuart was out because of injury and Gaz was out of the team. "We had Ryan Dow and Chris Erskine playing so it wasn't too much of a loss. "But obviously Gaz and Stuart were flying towards the end of their time here."