Dundee Utd 0
Celtic 4
League (SPL)


Dundee Utd
0 - 4
Celtic 

League (SPL)
Tuesday, December 26th, 2000
Tannadice Park. Att. 12,306
3:00 PM Kick-off

Goalscorers
None. Henrik Larsson (pen.) (22)
Chris Sutton (33)
Chris Sutton (40)
Stilian Petrov (72)

Team Managers
Alex Smith
Martin O'Neill

Starting Eleven
1. Alan Combe
16. Danny Griffin
2. John McQuillan
21. David Partridge
14. Hasney Aljofree
5. Jason De Vos
24. Jamie Buchan
29. Charlie Miller
7. Craig Easton
19. Steven Thompson
17. Jim Hamilton
Rab Douglas
Johan Mjallby
Ramon Vega
Joos Valgaeren
Didier Agathe
Jackie McNamara
Neil Lennon
Stilian Petrov
Bobby Petta
Henrik Larsson
Chris Sutton

Bench
13. Paul Gallacher
32. David McCracken
11. Neil Heaney
26. Hugh Davidson
44. David Winters
Jonathan Gould
Tom Boyd
Jamie Smith
Lubomir Moravcik
Tommy Johnson

Substitutions
Hugh Davidson for John McQuillan (68)
David McCracken for Danny Griffin (73)
David Winters for Jim Hamilton (75)
Tommy Johnson for Stilian Petrov (79)
Lubomir Moravcik for Henrik Larsson (79)
Jamie Smith for Bobby Petta (79)

Cautions
Hasney Aljofree (4)
David Partridge (29)
Charlie Miller (36)
None.

Red Cards
None. None.
Match Officials

Hugh Dallas (Referee)
Neil Brand & Jim Lyon (Assistants)


Match Report


Manager Alex Smith made three changes to the side that lined up against Hearts atTynecastle. In came McQuillan, Easton, and Thompson; out went Heaney, McCracken and Derek Lilley who was suspended.

After the gutsy performance against Rangers, hopes were high that United could take something from this home match. However, this was not to be. After losing a rather dodgy penalty to Celtic, the United team seemed to lose the momentum and the visitor's showed why they were sitting top of the SPL. Manager Alex Smith was left totally bewildered by the ref's penalty decision, and he was not the only one. The match official Hugh Dallas ruled that Aljofree had tripped Larsson in the penalty area and immediately blew his whistle much to the dismay and anger of the home support. Henrick Larsson stepped forward and made no mistake from his spot kick. It was the Swedish striker's 29th goal of the season and could not have come easier. United's best chance of the first half came when Jim Hamilton got his head to a Craig Easton cross in the 12th minute. His header seemed net bound but was stopped by a stunning save by former Dens keeper Douglas who parried the ball over the bar. United's woes continued and some poor defending allowed Chris Sutton to fire home a couple of goals before the break. The first of his brace came from a cross by Bobby Petta who found Chris Sutton unmarked in the crowded box, who then had little trouble beating Alan Combe.Then with just five minutes left before half-time, again Chris Sutton found the back of the net.

United knew that they had it all to do as they headed for the break. Three down from the first half, and the lack of goal threat was all too evident. Stiltian Petrov added to the misery by scoring a fourth midway through the second half emphasising that all three points were heading to Celtic Park. Dundee United had experienced some very fine spirited performances of late but these were overshadowed by this display. With some poor defending and a lack of striking power up-front, Dundee United did not trouble Martin O'Neill's side. So it was onto Easter Road to see if they could grab three points against Hibs.



Squad Statistics (as at December 26th, 2000)


2000-01 All Time
Age
Alan Combe (GK)26 25 - 78 -
Hasney Aljofree22 242242
John McQuillan30 18 - 30 -
Danny Griffin23 2 - 2 -
Jason De Vos26 22 - 932
David Partridge22 16 - 54 -
Craig Easton21 2021327
Jamie Buchan23 24 - 24 -
Charlie Miller24 9191
Steven Thompson22 20 - 869
Jim Hamilton24 7 - 234
David McCracken (sub)19 91111
Hugh Davidson (sub)20 8 - 371
David Winters (sub)17 1 - 1 -


Team Sheet (Scanned Photo)






League Table (as at December 26th, 2000)


Pld W D L +/- Pts
1. Celtic 23 19 3 1 39 60
2. Hibernian 23 14 6 3 25 48
3. Rangers 22 15 3 4 24 48
4. Kilmarnock 23 12 3 8 4 39
5. Hearts 23 9 5 9 1 32
6. Dundee 22 8 6 8 9 30
7. Dunfermline 23 8 5 10 -8 29
8. Motherwell 23 8 4 11 -6 28
9. St Johnstone 23 7 7 9 -10 28
10. Aberdeen 22 3 9 10 -16 18
11. St Mirren 23 3 3 17 -31 12
12. Dundee Utd 22 1 4 17 -31 7

* - Table split into two divisions of six.