Marc McNulty held his hands up and admitted Dundee United didn’t deserve to beat Hibs.

The on-loan Tannadice striker insists a failure to take their chances and a superior display from the Edinburgh club delivered the right result as his Scottish Cup semi-final ended in defeat.

He said: "I think Hibs were the better team overall. It was a frustrating and disappointing day for us but I think it was a deserved outcome.

“They got a stroke of luck with the second goal which was offside but other than that they were the better team, certainly the more clinical. When you are not having a great game and you get decisions like that it is difficult but I don’t want to take anything away from Hibs.

“We had a chat there and we know that we can do better, it is just hard coming away from the game knowing that. It is a lesson for us, we need to evaluate it and take it from there.

Christian Doidge celebrates after scoring to make it 2-0 Hibs during a Scottish Cup semi-final match between Dundee United and Hibernian
McNulty insisted Hibs deserved their win and Cup Final place

“We did create some chances but our finishing probably let us down, it is okay creating chances but if you don’t take them then you will always be up against it. Especially against a team like Hibs.

“It is important for us now to finish on a high, give the fans something to enjoy. There is a lot still to play for, whether it is new contracts or players who want to get in the team or want to be in the manager’s plans for net season. Every game counts."

The 28-year-old will return to parent club Reading this summer in a bid to get clarification on his future but he refused to rule out a return to Tayside next season.

He said: "If the offer is there, and the manager at Reading says that my services are no longer wanted down there, then I would be happy to have a chat.

“I have loved my time here, I have felt very welcome. That is from Tony (Asghar), who runs the club, right down to all the staff and the boys. They have all been brilliant.

“This is a really good club and it is one which is going places. If they wanted to have me back I will definitely be having a chat with the gaffer.

“I need to go back to Reading, I have another year left on my contract so I need to report there at the end of June. I will have a discussion with the manager and then we will see where we are at."