ANDY Murdoch believes NONE of the three sides battling it out for second place in the Ladbrokes Championship have the edge — and says it will take any one of them upping their game between now and the end of the season to make the difference.
Dundee United, Falkirk and Ton are closer than ever at the top of the table, with just one point between the three outfits. United currently occupy second behind Hibernian with the Bairns and Morton making up the chasing pack.
Ex-Rangers man Murdoch insists it’s too close to call right now, but whichever side improves most between now and the end of May will have the best chance of finishing above the others.
He told the Tele: “Before the start of the season you would’ve expected Dundee United to be there.
“And then there would always be one or two teams going after them.
“It’s up for grabs still, to be fair. Nobody is really pushing clear of each other at the moment, so I couldn’t really say who has the momentum.
“Everyone’s had a few draws here, a few wins and a loss there. So nobody really has momentum at this current time I don’t think. Someone’s got to up their game come the end of the season.”
Murdoch’s views aren’t to say Ton can’t push everyone — including table topping Hibs — but the 22-year-old is wise enough not to make too many bold statements, especially after Ton were narrowly denied three valuable points at Tannadice on Saturday.
The midfielder says the Greenock men left Dundee slightly disappointed that they couldn’t hold out — even though it was a huge stroke of misfortune that cost them the win.
He said: “Before the game [at the weekend], we all thought that a point at Tannadice was a good result.
“But with the position we were in, we were a bit disappointed that we didn’t manage to stick it out and get the three points. But it was a good performance overall.
“In the first half we were probably the better side and they’ve come out knowing they needed to get something and put a bit of pressure on us.
“I thought we handled it pretty well, the situations and pressure that they put on us. It was just a fortunate bit of play that it’s bounced off the player, because he doesn’t know anything about it.”