Livingston boss David Hopkin hopes to bring out the best in Charlie Telfer



Livingston manager David Hopkin admits he is planning to send Charlie Telfer back to Dundee United as a better player after signing the midfielder on loan for the rest of the season.

Telfer has struggled to fulfil his potential at United following his much-pulicisied move from Rangers in summer 2014, and only made five Premiership starts out of a total of eight appearances during the first half of the campaign.

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Telfer is Hopkin’s fourth January signing

But the United board will be hoping his temporary switch can kick-start his career having been forced to pay a £204,000 development fee for the 20-year-old by a SPFL tribunal.

Hopkin, who also recruited Sam Stanton on loan from Hibs earlier this month, believes he can bring out the best in Telfer.

Hopkin said: “Charlie is a talented footballer. We’ll get him in, get him playing games.

“He came in for the first time on Thursday and it’s up to him to show that he should be in the team.

“Sam has come in and and even in the last two or three weeks that he’s been in you can see that he’s got fitter and stronger and hopefully Charlie can come in and do the same and make a good impact.

“Charlie is a very talented player with great movement and a great touch but like Sam, it’s bringing him in and making him appreciate the other side of the game as well, about putting in a shift and becoming an all round team player.

“Hopefully they can do that and go back to their parent clubs as better players.”