By Robert Thompson
Dundee United have snatched Scott McMann from Hamilton on a three-year deal.
The Tangers moved Jamie Robson to Lincoln City for a 25-year-old leftback.
McMahon was paired with Millwall, Habs, St John Stone and Mansfield this summer, but it’s United who won his signature race.
Tonadice wanted to bring Liverpool defender Tony Gallacher back to Scotland on loan, but changed targets when it became clear that MacMan would be available.
The defender said: “When I first heard that there was interest in the club, I was very excited about it and it’s great to finally be able to do it.
“It’s a big club with a huge fan base and a great history so when I heard they were interested I was in it all, I felt it was the next step in my career.
“A force in my game is moving forward and creating opportunities for strikers with crosses and set pieces, hopefully I can bring him to this club.
“When I spoke to Ghafil, he was excited about the club’s intentions and the plans he had for me at his club, and he had no idea what to do for me.
I can’t wait to play in front of the spectators when the stadium is full.
United boss Tom Courts has revealed that he has been tracking McMann for some time, adding:
“Scott is a player who has been on our radar for some time and he will bring real quality to a wider area.
“His delivery is first-class. He has a lot of experience at the Scottish Premiership. He will be a great addition to the team.”
Robson was the last link from the pre-Ogreen era, which Sporting Director Tony Asghar praised as an example of a United Academy-based business model.
He said: “Jamie Dundee has been a great servant of United and we all wish him well on the next leg of his journey.
“He’s a graduate of the academy, he’s been here a long time and he thought it was the right time to face a new challenge.
“Once we are able to agree on a fee with Lincoln, we are happy to allow him to take this step.
“At Dundee United, our philosophy is to prepare our players and bring them into the first team through our academy. Jamie is a shining example of this strategy.
“He knows he’ll always be welcome in Tonadice.”