Richie Ryan not in Jackie McNamara's plans

Dundee United manager Jackie McNamara reveals that he has told midfielder Richie Ryan that he is no longer a part of his first-team plans.

Dundee United midfielder Richie Ryan has been informed that he is no longer in manager Jackie McNamara's first-team plans.

The 28-year-old, who made 29 appearances for the Tangerines last season, has one year remaining on his current contract at Tannadice.

However, he is unlikely to be involved in the season opener against Partick Thistle next month.

"I have told Richie it's going to be difficult for him to get into the team," McNamara told the Dundee Courier.

"I could keep him as cover but that's not fair because he needs to be playing football.

"There is nothing happening yet but I am hoping we get something sorted with him soon. We are well covered in midfield and have youngsters coming through."

United are currently on their pre-season tour of Germany, which began on Sunday with a 4-1 defeat to Union Berlin.

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