Friday night’s BT Sport pundit Peter Houston insists he is happy to buy into ‘title showdown’ hype…and let Falkirk fly under radar



PETER HOUSTON insists he will have no problem retaining his neutrality on TV – because he has no idea who he would rather triumph when Dundee United clash with Hibs.

The 58-year-old will be one of the analysts on BT Sport at Tannadice on Friday night, with the Falkirk boss taking the opportunity to run the rule over the Bairns’ title rivals.

Houston’s men have moved into second spot following an impressive eight-game unbeaten run in the Championship, leading United by a point. They are also just six behind the Hibees.

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However, as he struggles to pick a winner, Houston has emphasised that he has no problem with the tussle in Tayside being labelled a title showdown – seemingly ignoring the burgeoning challenge posed by Falkirk.

He said: “I’m working at the game for BT Sport. But I was going anyway and I am looking forward to it because I have no idea how it will go. Honestly, I don’t even know what result I want.

“I have no problem with United v Hibs being labelled as a title battle. I actually quite like that – flying under the radar suited us last year.

“I don’t mind it if people don’t talk about us or write about us. I actually quite like it. It’s better if they write about us when we succeed. It takes the pressure off us and puts it on the other two clubs.

“There is massive pressure on United as they are a big club who have just been relegated and want to get back up. Likewise, Hibs have been in the Championship for a couple of seasons.

“With their support, like United, they have a massive support and should be at the top level.”