Dundee Utd 1
Celtic 2
League (Premier Division)

Dundee Utd
1 - 2

League (Premier Division)
Saturday, September 14th, 1996
Tannadice Park. Att. 12,205
3:00 PM Kick-off

Gary McSwegan (88)
Pierre van Hooijdonk (44)
Malky Mackay (89)

Team Managers
Tommy McLean
Tommy Burns

Starting Eleven
Ally Maxwell
Armand Benneker
Mark Perry
Rab Shannon
Steven Pressley
Andy McLaren
Dave Bowman
David Hannah
Ray McKinnon
Gary McSwegan
Robbie Winters
Gordon Marshall
Tom Boyd
Malky Mackay
Jackie McNamara
John Hughes
Peter Grant
Paulo Di Canio
Brian O'Neil
Pierre van Hooijdonk
Andreas Thom
Jorge Cadete

Jamie McQuilken
Grant Johnson
Owen Coyle
Morten Wieghorst
Brian McLaughlin
Simon Donnelly

Owen Coyle for Robbie Winters (57)
Jamie McQuilken for Rab Shannon (73)
Grant Johnson for Ray McKinnon (78)
Simon Donnelly for Andreas Thom (89)

Mark Perry (72)
Brian O'Neil (24)
John Hughes (32)

Red Cards
None. Brian O'Neil (49)
Match Officials

Bill Crombie (Edinburgh) (Referee)

Match Report

Tommy McLean's first game in charge ended in disappointing fashion with Celtic grabbing a late winner after it looked as though a Gary McSwegan goal had rescued a deserved point. With Neil Duffy out for a month through injury, one change was enforced upon the new Tannadice boss. David Hannah replaced him and Owen Coyle moved to the subs bench whilst Andy McLaren was restored to the starting lineup. The first real chance fell to Celtic after 21 minutes when Pierre van Hooijdonk's through ball found Thom, but Ally Maxwell dashed from his goal to close the German down and blocked his shot. Paulo Di Canio always threatened when he had the ball, but apart trom Ally Maxwell blocking an Andreas Thom shot during Celtic's best spell of the match, it looked as though United would go in on level terms at the break. However, shortly before the interval Steven Pressley kneed the ball back to Ally Maxwell, but the referee Bill Crombie adjudged it to be a passback. Despite United protests, he stood by his decision and Di Canio slipped the ball to Pierre van Hooijdonk who breached the defensive wall which rushed from the goal-line with a low grounder to give Celtic the advantage.

Celtic were reduced to ten men after O'Neil received a second yellow card for holding Gary McSwegan. From the free-kick, David Hannah's header was cleared off the line by van Hooijdonk. This heralded an intense spell of pressure around Marshall's goal and Dave Bowman was unlucky to see his 25 yarder crash back off the face of the crossbar. Other than Thom firing over a Di Canio cut-back, ten man Celtic were being pinned back for long spells. But United's luck continued to be out. David Hannah hit the bar with a header when he lost his marker to get on the end of a cross. However, with a couple of minutes remaining Gary McSwegan, determinedly, held off the challenge of Hughes to fire a glorious shot high into the far corner to bring great relief to players and fans alike. A point looked assured, however, even with so little time left, it proved a false dawn. In extended play Cadete sent in a header which rebounded off the inside of the post and Malky Mackay just managed to scramble the ball over the line to deny United anything from a game which they deserved to take something.

Squad Statistics (as at September 14th, 1996)

1996-97 All Time
Ally Maxwell (GK)31 7 - 50 -
Armand Benneker27 7 - 7 -
Mark Perry25 7 - 783
Rab Shannon30 6 - 431
Steven Pressley22 7 - 522
Andy McLaren23 5 - 1257
Dave Bowman32 6 - 37512
David Hannah23 3 - 7010
Ray McKinnon26 6 - 837
Gary McSwegan25 733820
Robbie Winters21 716613
Jamie McQuilken (sub)21 7 - 20 -
Grant Johnson (sub)24 3 - 9511
Owen Coyle (sub)30 724111

League Table (as at September 14th, 1996)

No league table has been added for this season.