Dundee Utd 1
Celtic 0
League (Premier Division)


Dundee Utd
1 - 0
Celtic 

League (Premier Division)
Saturday, August 20th, 1988
Tannadice Park. Att. 19,530
3:00 PM Kick-off

Goalscorers
Kevin Gallacher (17)
None.

Team Managers
Jim McLean
Billy McNeill

Starting Eleven
Billy Thomson
Dave Narey
Paul Hegarty
Maurice Malpas
Gary McGinnis
Mixu Paatelainen
Ian Redford
Jim McInally
John Clark
Billy McKinlay
Kevin Gallacher
Ian Andrews
Chris Morris
Anton Rogan
Roy Aitken
Mick McCarthy
Derek Whyte
Mark McGhee
Paul McStay
Frank McAvennie
Andy Walker
Peter Grant

Bench
Dave Bowman
Joe McLeod
Tommy Burns
Joe Miller

Substitutions
Dave Bowman for Paul Hegarty (25)
Joe McLeod for Mixu Paatelainen (85)
Tommy Burns for Mick McCarthy (72)
Joe Miller for Mark McGhee (57)

Cautions
Billy McKinlay (64)
Dave Narey (68)
Derek Whyte (39)
Mick McCarthy (71)

Red Cards
None. None.
Match Officials

Bill Crombie (Edinburgh) (Referee)


Match Report


Revenge is sweet, but all United fans would dearly have loved it if this had been the result after last season's Cup final. Still it is no good dwelling on the past and there is certainly a lot to look forward to if this display is to be the guideline. Celtic, the defending champions, rarely looked like scoring and almost all the scoring chances fell our way. The first threat on goal arose when Mixu Paatelainen pounced on a misdirected passback and shot narrowly wide.

Billy McKinlay was next to go close after 15 minutes with a crisply hit half volley from just outside the box, which was only fractionally high. Three minutes later we took the lead. Kevin Gallacher, who was a thorn in the Celtic defence all afternoon, swooped on a casually hit back pass by Mick McCarthy and Kevin strode on to beat Andrews, the ball entering the net via the inside of the post.

Kevin was almost on target shortly afterwards, but his first time angular drive ran just passed the post. Mixu Paatelainen then had a shot from close in which Andrews gathered at the second attempt. The half ended with another chance for United, Mixu Paatelainen just failing to put away a header at the far post.

Celtic may have had the greater share in possession, but when it came to make chances, we were always the side who looked likelier to score. The best of those fell to Jim McInally, who couldn't quite make proper contact with Kevin Gallacher cross. Midway through the half came Celtic's best effort of the game. McCarthy rose to head a Morris cross, but Billy Thomson dived brilliantly to keep it out. Celtic, as usual, battled hard but failed to breakdown a United defence which had to be re-organised after the loss of Paul Hegarty as early as the 25th minute. As time ran out Joe McLeod had a tremendous chance to score a second, but Andrews beat his shot away for a corner.



Squad Statistics (as at August 20th, 1988)


1988-89 All Time
Age
Billy Thomson (GK)30 3 - 167 -
Paul Hegarty34 2 - 66081
Maurice Malpas26 3 - 35311
Dave Narey32 3 - 71336
Gary McGinnis24 2 - 711
Mixu Paatelainen21 322913
Jim McInally24 1 - 984
Ian Redford28 3 - 14329
Billy McKinlay19 3 - 221
John Clark23 3114021
Kevin Gallacher21 3112327
Dave Bowman (sub)24 3 - 931
Joe McLeod (sub)20 1 - 172






League Table (as at August 20th, 1988)


No league table has been added for this season.