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Byline: Hugh Keevins

DUNDEE UNITED chairman Stephen Thompson last night said he wouldn't be playing "silly buggers" over David Goodwillie.

The striker has provoked interest from Celtic and Rangers and will be sold so long as United get what the club want.

Thompson said: "That will certainly be well in excess of pounds 1million. A number of clubs have contacted me about Goodwillie and they can follow that up with a bid.

"Whether we accept it or not is another matter but I won't be playing silly buggers because I can't be bothered with that stuff.

"David's worth a lot more than the money mentioned so far. He's only 22 and is the Young Player of the Year.

"I've seen the kind of money other players have gone for recently and we've got someone here who can go all the way in the game."

Goodwillie still has serious allegations hanging over his head. Thompson is in regular touch with the legal parties involved and knows a transfer is unlikely to go through while the case is still ongoing.

A January offer from Rangers for Goodwillie was dismissed as "pathetic" by the Tannadice chairman.

Record Sport understands Celtic chief executive Peter Lawwell has since asked to be kept abreast of developments.

And Thompson said: "Every player has his price. If somebody came along and offered Celtic pounds 10m for Scott Brown they'd be tempted to sell their captain.

"We have to reduce the size of our club's debt but I know what David is worth and I'll try everything to make sure he doesn't go for any less than that when the time comes."


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Publication:Daily Record (Glasgow, Scotland)
Date:Jun 6, 2011
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