SHEFFIELD UNITED: Dave Kitson set to bring festive cheer

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DAVE Kitson can emerge as Sheffield United’s talisman over the pivotal festive period, manager Danny Wilson has insisted, after watching the striker make his long-awaited comeback from injury.

Kitson thrust himself into contention for a starting role against Crawley Town this weekend with an impressive second-half cameo during Saturday’s draw with League One leaders Tranmere Rovers.

And, speaking ahead of United’s visit to Broadfield Stadium, Wilson said: “Seeing Dave out there gives people a boost. It gives the crowd a boost because he’s the type of player folk rally around.

“He’s a quality player, we all know that, but he’s great in the dressing room too. He’s got a good dry sense of humour.”

Kitson scored three goals in seven starts before being diagnosed with a hamstring complaint two months ago.

Wilson has pledged to tread carefully with the former Reading, Stoke City and Portsmouth centre-forward’s fitness. But, with United shut out for only the fifth time this season, the temptation to recall Kitson for the trip to Sussex could prove irresistible.

Meanwhile, United could face competition from Rangers for Motherwell forward Jamie Murphy. As The Star reported yesterday, officials from Bramall Lane have held talks with the SPL club aimed at capturing the 23-year-old during next month’s transfer window.

Sources north of the border last night claimed that Ally McCoist, the Rangers manager, is also monitoring Murphy whose contract expires at the end of the season.

Despite him entering the final six months of his deal, he is valued at £200,000 by Motherwell.