0 - 3
0 - 3
League (Premier Division)
Tom McAdam (58)
John Weir (78)
Paul Hegarty (o.g.) (89)
Graeme Payne for Derek Addison (64)
Billy Kirkwood for Willie Pettigrew (83)
George Smith (Edinburgh) (Referee)
Only 10 days earlier United had defeated Celtic by 3-0 in the semi-final of the League Cup. With the final just a few days away, United were hoping to get a confidence boosting victory over the Glasgow side.
The first half was a very tight affair with neither side really threatening to break the deadlock. The pitch was not great and didn't help fluid football. The referee George Smith had ordered for the pitch to be cleared of snow prior to the game starting but even with the green grass showing the teams failed to put together any cohesive moves.
The second period came alive though and it was Celtic who found the half most fruitful. Celtic had been patiently building possession and pressure before breaking through in the 58th minute. First, Tom McAdam came racing in to meet a weak clearance and pilot a simple header into the net. Twenty minutes later teenager John Weir got his first goal for Celtic. He made a long run to get on the end of a Sullivan pass and after evading Narey, he fired home. In the final minute, United's Paul Hegarty scored an incredible own goal. His pass back from 30 yards managed to curl low and wide of McAlpine who made a half-hearted attempt to get to it before it rolled into the net.
|Hamish McAlpine (GK)||32||30||-||439||3|
|Billy Kirkwood (sub)||22||24||2||148||30|
|Graeme Payne (sub)||24||27||4||257||17|
Good afternoon and welcome back to a Tannadice Park, which has been a hive of activity since last I communicated with you through this column. Naturally our results sequence during that spell has been the main factor in inciting the intense interest here — all of which has led to things becoming a lot brighter than they were in the weeks before. While the main topic of conversation around these Tayside parts has centred around next weekend’s Bell’s League Cup final against our city neighbours, I hasten to
break that spell by mentioning the fact that vital Premier League points have to be won before we even get around to thinking about that occasion.
This afternoon Celtic are our visitors for what will be the third meeting between the clubs in just over a fortnight. And I am delighted to say that the previous couple of clashes have left us in the best of spirits for this afternoon's meeting. Mind you, in so saying I know only too well that Billy McNeill's Parkhead men will be absolutely desperate to gain full revenge for that League Cup semi-final success of ours in Glasgow ten days ago.
Celtic quite clearly have not been having the best of things recently, but I and many others know full well that they have too many good players in their ranks to allow that situation, to continue for much longer. Possibly the greatest pleasure I have got from our recent run of four wins in the west of the country, and the goals we 'have netted in getting those results, has come from forcing a particular Journalist from that area to start writing about his “old aunties and uncles” again — instead of accusing Dundee United of negative football!