0 - 2
0 - 2
League (Division One)
Billy McNeill (41)
Billy McNeill (56)
Eddie Pringle (Edinburgh) (Referee)
The start of the league fixture had to be delayed to allow an eventual crowd of 20,500 into the Tannadice ground before kick-off time. Celtic travelled with their usual confidence and it was best illustrated early on by the imperturbable Bobby Lennox who came close to providing the visitors with the lead. But it was eventually the priceless forehead of Billy McNeill which proved to be the deciding factor when he brilliantly nodded in a second-half double to sink a United side which themselves came mighty close to providing a shock.
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No league table has been added for this season.
This afternoon we welcome Celtic to Tannadice Park and I feel certain today's game will be one of the most important clashes of the season. In the space of three months we have faced the Parkhead men twice away from home and, on both occasions, we fell rather heavily. After our 7-2 League defeat in December I put forward the view Celtic were probably the finest club side in the world and, following a Scottish Cup defeat I see no reason to alter this opinion. As always Jock Stein's boys are deeply committed in several competitions and with the Championship still at a vital stage this afternoon's game promises to be full of interest.
From our own point of view a high place in the table must be secured to have a chance of inclusion in the Fairs Cup next season, and after a good result at Ayr we go into today's clash with some confidence. At Somerset Park the entire side gave 100% effort and a repeat today could bring reward. Unhappily at Ayr Andy Rolland, Jim Henry and lan Scott were booked for tame offences in the second half. In the next two weeks we face three clubs who are in the lower half of the table, Clyde (h) and St. Mirren and Partick (a), and if a European place is to be won, we must go for — and get — full points.