DETERMINED Dundee United fans have decided to help their beloved club remain in the Scottish Premiership by raising money through a sponsored walk between Tannadice and Tynecastle.

The Championship winners, along with League One and Two victors Raith Rovers and Cove Rangers, were dragged into a courtroom dispute between relegated duo Hearts and Partick Thistle and the Scottish Professional Football League as they sought to block their enforced demotions.

United say they, along with Raith and Cove, have already run up £50,000 legal costs - with that figure set to spiral further if they continue to play a part in proceedings.

And now two fans of the Terrors have raised over £15,000 to help the club with these costs.

Andy Crichton and Paul McNicoll wrote on GoFundMe: "As all Dundee United fans will be aware our club is presently defending its rightful place at the top table of the SPFL. This is a place that was earned by winning Promotion from last seasons Championship.

"What the club are now being subjected too, through no fault of their own, is proving to be an extremely costly episode and one that they could have done without.

"Could the club have pulled out of the arbitration process? Yes, possibly, but given what is at stake the club feel that to not defend their position, against the Heart of Midlothian and Partick Thistle petition, is simply not an option.

"As a result of this, Dundee United, along with Raith Rovers and Cove Rangers, have reached out to other fellow member clubs to support them in defending this action as it can potentially have grave consequences, not just for Dundee United, but for all member clubs.

"The club had suggested that they were intending running a crowd funding page in order to raise some funds to help cover the costs of the Legal bills that they face but myself and Andy Crichton have decided that we will try our best to do our bit.

"We have agreed to walk from Tynecastle to Tannadice on Saturday July 18 2020."

They pair added: "We expect that this journey will take us the best part of 18 hours, but we are looking forward to the challenge. The route that we will take will be from Tynecastle to the Forth Road Bridge (the auld ane). From there we will walk through the Great Kingdom of Fife, and onwards to the Tay Road Bridge. Once there, we will lock eyes on Tannadice and then we will continue, possibly at a snails pace by then, to make our way towards Tannadice Street.

"Why Tynecastle you ask? Well, they are one of the teams that have served these Court papers on our club and it’s closer than Firhill.

"Once fees are paid to GoFundMe every single penny raised will then go straight to Dundee United as soon as allowed.

"This is something that Andy and myself, two lifelong Arabs, are really looking forward to doing and, if nothing else, it will be a good laugh.

"We fully understand that you may want to simply donate straight to Dundee United yourself and we have absolutely no problem with that. 

"Many thanks for visiting this page and thank you in advance if you have been kind enough to sponsor us."

You can donate to their page here.