DUNDEE UNITED manager Ray McKinnon was in a reflective mood as he looked back on what could have been as his side succumbed to a 1-0 aggregate defeat to Hamilton Accies to miss out on an immediate return to the Premiership.
The former Raith Rovers boss spoke about how difficult it was to come to terms with, especially given the penalty decision from the first leg that left them with ten men, and denied them the opportunity to take a lead into the second match.
“I was lying in bed contemplating it all. There is so much to think about, who’s getting a new contact and who isn’t,” he said.
“It’s difficult to shift the doom and gloom but that’s what we need to do.
“The biggest sadness is I went to the well repeatedly with so many players and we didn’t have enough to get over the line.
“That’s what really killed us but I’m a positive person and I’ve had enough setbacks to be able to see the bigger picture.”
Despite the devastating defeat to Martin Canning’s Accies, McKinnon is insistent that his side will have the drive and desire to make it happen next year.
“You can ask any player inside my dressing room about the passion I have for this club. Every one of them will tell you how much I want it – for myself, for everybody,” he said.
“But it has never been a cakewalk for Dundee United, this rebuild needs to be done properly.
“There has to be a plan. We are putting things in place that will bear fruit further down the line on the youth side but ultimately it’s the first team that counts.”
United have already secured two decent additions for next term with Billy King and James Keatings arriving to bolster their attacking options now that Simon Murray has left to join Hibs.