Mark Wilson rejoins Dundee United

Mark Wilson, pictured captaining Celtic in 2012, has returned to Dundee United. Picture: SNS
Mark Wilson, pictured captaining Celtic in 2012, has returned to Dundee United. Picture: SNS
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DUNDEE United have confirmed that defender Mark Wilson has returned to Tannadice on a short-term deal until the end of January.

The 29-year-old, who left Tayside in 2006 when he moved to Celtic in a £500,000 deal, has rejoined his old club following his release by Bristol City.

Wilson said: “Tannadice holds great memories for me as I had great times here as a young player. I am coming back as an older, more experienced footballer. I know I can be a useful asset for Dundee United and I cannot wait to get playing again.

“I hope this deal leads to a longer-term deal as there is no doubt I play my best football when I am settled. I am joining a young squad with some experienced players but I can help add experience. Every successful team has that mix of youth and experience and I see real potential here.”

Wilson made his United debut as a 17-year-old in a 1-0 victory over city rivals Dundee in January 2002 and went on to play 138 times for the club.

He left to join Celtic four years after that first-team bow and Wilson won four Scottish Premier League crowns with the Parkhead side.

The 29-year-old then quit Celtic Park last summer to move to Bristol City but started just eight games for the Robins and has now become United manager Jackie McNamara’s tenth signing of the new campaign. McNamara said: “Mark brings experience and ability to the squad. The short-term deal will give him an opportunity to show there are no fitness concerns. He will enhance our squad and his versatility is important. He is comfortable at right-back and left-back and also gives the option of playing in front of the back four.

“He is the type of player who will help us get control of the ball and settle us down when required and I am delighted he has signed.”