READING striker Marc McNulty has joined Dundee United on loan until the end of the season, the club have announced.

The twice-capped Scotland internationalist is already used to life in the Premiership after two separate loan spells at Hibernian and his new manager Micky Mellon is determined to get the striker back in contention for the national team.

Mellon told the club's website: “I'm pleased that we're going to be able to add another international footballer with the qualities that Marc has to the group in order to help us move forward to the Dundee United we all want to see. He's definitely a step in the right direction for us to achieve that.

“The backing that we've got from the chairman, in these times, to get it over the line is terrific. He's helped us to bring another quality player to the group.

“Marc's an international player so he'll bring the qualities of a player who has played at the highest level. He's pacey, clever and fantastic in the 18-yard box. You only have to look at his goals-per-game - he scores everywhere he's been.

“We're looking forward to getting him in and working with him with the rest of the group and, hopefully, pushing him as well towards getting back into the Scotland squad on a regular basis.”