Dundee United have applied for planning permission to erect a statue of legendary manager Jim McLean outside Tannadice.

Under proposals unveiled by the club’s community trust, a 110 per cent scale statue of the former United boss, who guided the club through their most successful period, would be positioned outside the Eddie Thompson stand.

McLean took over from Jerry Kerr in the Tannadice dugout in 1971 and remained manager for 22 years, leading the side to their only top flight title in the 1982/83 campaign as well as two League Cup successes.

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He also led the club to the Uefa Cup final in 1987, where they narrowly lost to Swedish side IFK Göteborg and the semi-finals of the European Cup in 1984 - in which United were controversially beaten by Italian giants AS Roma. 

The £62,000 statue - sculpted by Duncan of Jordanstone graduate Alan Herriot - will be positioned on top of a plinth made from tangerine and orange bricks and will feature McLean holding a replica of the 1982/83 league trophy.

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If planning permission is granted, it is hoped the statue can be unveiled on May 14 - the anniversary of the league triumph.

United, who are 18 points clear at the top of the Scottish Championship, face Ayr United in their final match of the campaign on May 2.