Celtic 2
Dundee Utd 1
League (Premier Division)


Celtic 

2 - 1

Dundee Utd


League (Premier Division)
Saturday, January 10th, 1981
Parkhead. Att. 22,132
3:00 PM Kick-off


Goalscorers
Charlie Nicholas (27)
Frank McGarvey (42)
Ralph Milne (82)

Team Managers
Billy McNeill Jim McLean

Starting Eleven
1. Pat Bonner
2. Danny McGrain
3. Mark Reid
4. Dom Sullivan
5. Tom McAdam
6. Roy Aitken
7. Davie Provan
8. John Weir
9. Frank McGarvey
10. Tommy Burns
11. Charlie Nicholas
Hamish McAlpine .1
Billy Kirkwood .2
Frank Kopel .3
Iain Phillip .4
Paul Hegarty .5
Dave Narey .6
Eamonn Bannon .7
Willie Pettigrew .8
Ian Gibson .9
Paul Sturrock .10
Davie Dodds .11

Bench
12. George McCluskey
14. Roddie MacDonald
Derek Addison .12
Ralph Milne .14

Substitutions
None. Derek Addison for Ian Gibson (45)
Ralph Milne for Willie Pettigrew (67)

Cautions
Tommy Burns (58) Davie Dodds (54)

Red Cards
None. None.

Match Officials

Hugh Alexander (Kilmarnock) (Referee)




Match Report


United returned from Parkhead bitterly disappointed at not taking a point after just failing to come back from a two goal deficit. Celtic had gone ahead in the 28th minute. A poor clearance by Hamish McAlpine in the Tannadice goal was headed on to Charlie Nicholas by Tommy Burns and he calmly stabbed the ball over the advancing Hamish and into the net. In the 41st minute Celtic increased their lead, Frank McGarvey was fouled just outside the United penalty area and from the resultant free-kick, Dom Sullivan knocked the ball into the path of Danny McGrain who found Tommy Burns inside the box with a first time pass. Burns eluded two defenders before crossing for Frank McGarvey to head home.

United didn't reduce the leeway until eight minutes from the end when substitute Ralph Milne pushed the ball past Bonner to set up a rousing finish and in the very last minute United almost grabbed the equaliser when Davie Dodds found himself in a good position, but shot over the bar.



Squad Statistics (as at January 10th, 1981)


1980-81 All Time
Age
Hamish McAlpine (GK)32 37 - 4463
Iain Phillip29 30 - 791
Frank Kopel31 30 - 37013
Dave Narey24 35131921
Paul Hegarty26 37727546
Eamonn Bannon22 3476511
Billy Kirkwood22 26415032
Ian Gibson24 112112
Paul Sturrock24 371725672
Willie Pettigrew27 2277229
Davie Dodds22 241110233
Derek Addison (sub)25 13212614
Ralph Milne (sub)19 1773810


League Table (as at January 10th, 1981)


Pld W D L +/- Pts
1. Aberdeen 22 14 7 1 +30 35
2. Celtic 23 16 2 5 +21 34
3. Rangers 21 9 10 2 +22 28
4. DUNDEE UTD 22 8 8 6 +8 24
5. St Mirren 22 8 6 8 +4 22
6. Partick Th 23 8 6 9 -7 22
7. Morton 23 6 7 10 -13 19
8. Airdrie 22 5 8 9 -9 18
9. Hearts 22 3 5 14 -19 11
10. Kilmarnock 22 2 5 15 -37 9

League results since United's last match
10th January 1981
Celtic2-1Dundee Utd
Hearts0-2Aberdeen
Kilmarnock2-0St Mirren
Morton0-2Rangers
Partick Th1-0Airdrie