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Warren Feeney is in the running to take over former club Dundee United

By Stuart McKinley

Warren Feeney is in line to take charge of a third club in the space of just nine months.

The former Linfield boss has emerged as a contender for the vacant manager's job at Dundee United, who sacked Mixu Paatelainen earlier this week following their relegation from the Scottish Premiership.

Feeney  has steered Welsh club Newport County to safety in League Two after taking over from John Sheridan in January and if the Tangerines don't land Raith Rovers boss Ray McKinnon, the former Northern Ireland striker will be in the frame.

Feeney left Linfield in October to become Sheridan's number two at Newport, before stepping up when he left for Oldham.

Feeney knows United well having played for them during a season-long loan in 2008-09.

Meanwhile, departing Celtic boss Ronny Deila paid tribute to Scott Brown after confirming he will miss the last three matches of the season with inflammation of both hamstrings.

Ahead of the visit of Aberdeen tomorrow, where the Hoops could confirm their fifth successive Premiership title, Deila said: "He (Brown) was injured for three months and pushed himself and to get the best out of him I think it is important now to give him a rest.

"He has been unbelievably important. On the pitch and in training he is unbelievable, he is always at 100 per cent."

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