Celtic 5
Dundee Utd 0
League (Premiership)


5 - 0

Dundee Utd

League (Premiership)
Sunday, October 25th, 2015
Celtic Park. Att. 42,718
3:00 PM Kick-off

Leigh Griffiths (23)
Dedryck Boyata (40)
Kris Commons (45)
Kris Commons (53)
Aaron Kuhl (o.g.) (89)

Team Managers
Ronny Deila Mixu Paatelainen

Starting Eleven
Craig Gordon
Efe Ambrose
Dedryck Boyata
Jozo Simunovic
Kieran Tierney
Scott Brown
Stefan Johansen
Kris Commons
Stuart Armstrong
Gary Mackay-Steven
Leigh Griffiths
Luis Zwick .51
Ryan McGowan .12
Seán Dillon .2
Mark Durnan .17
John Souttar .4
Charlie Telfer .16
Aaron Kuhl .25
John Rankin .8
Scott Fraser .22
Darko Bodul .30
Billy Mckay .7

Logan Bailly
Tyler Blackett
Nir Bitton
Michal Szromnik .21
Coll Donaldson .28
Jamie Robson .40
Harry Souttar .38
Aidan Connolly .18
Adam Taggart .29
Simon Murray .15

Tom Rogic for Kris Commons (65)
Nadir Çiftçi for Leigh Griffiths (65)
Callum McGregor for Stuart Armstrong (73)
Adam Taggart for Darko Bodul (55)
Simon Murray for Charlie Telfer (66)
Aidan Connolly for Scott Fraser (90)

Jozo Simunovic (73) Scott Fraser (45)

Red Cards
None. None.

Match Officials

Craig Thomson (Referee)

Ticket stub / Admission info

Match Report

It was a fairly quiet opening to the match, although Celtic enjoyed the vast majority of possession, defensively United were fairly solid and disciplined in their structure, forcing the Hoops to trying efforts from distance. The home side did eventually make the break-through however, a defensive mix-up seeing Leigh Griffiths latch onto a ball inside the box before converting from an acute angle. After Celtic’s opener United continued to limit the Hoops to striking from distance, but twenty minutes after Griffiths’s goal Dedryck Boyata headed in a second, Stuart Armstrong’s wide free-kick meeting the head of the former Manchester City defender and into the net. Right on the stroke of half-time Celtic were awarded a penalty, Scott Fraser judged to have tripped over fullback Kieran Tierney just as the defender was driving his way inside the box. Midfielder Kris Commons was at hand to take the penalty, firing a decisive spot-kick to the opposite side of Zwick.

Beginning the second period in a similar fashion to the end of the first, ten minutes in, the Hoops added a fourth. Once again, the ball fell to the clinical Kris Commons inside the box, who cut onto his sweet left boot before firing an unstoppable fizzer into the top corner of Zwick’s goal. After the home side’s fourth of the afternoon, United had their best spell of the game and at 56 minutes were inches away from pulling a goal back. A dangerous delivery from a Scott Fraser corner ricocheted inside the box, falling to substitute Adam Taggart whose sliced effort was cleared off the line by Efe Ambrose. Following a brief five minute spell of United dominance the Hoops began to take charge again, passing the ball around precisely and with control but without the intensity that had been displayed on occasions throughout the game. The Terrors once again returned to a disciplined defensive approach and goalkeeper Zwick showed clear evidence of the potential he has, terrifically saving both Stefan Johansen and Joso Simunovic’s long-range pile drivers. With less than two minutes remaining Scott Brown added a fifth, effortlessly gliding past four United defenders before poking a shot off the face of Aaron Kuhl and into the net.

Manager's Comment:
“Absolutely rubbish. Everybody in that dressing room must look in the mirror. It doesn't matter about tactics or shape, if you don't get the basic fundamentals right. It doesn't matter what you do on the training ground, if it doesn't happen out there on the pitch. All that goes in the bin!"

Fan's Comment:

Formation: 4-2-3-1
Captain: Seán Dillon
Arab Archive 'Man of the Match': Luis Zwick

Match Photos courtesy of Riki Grauer - More photos available at:
Dundee United Official Flickr Page

Squad Statistics (as at October 25th, 2015)

2015-16 All Time
Luis Zwick (GK)21 13 - 13 -
Mark Durnan22 12 - 12 -
Seán Dillon32 813026
John Souttar19 10 - 622
Ryan McGowan26 13 - 301
Charlie Telfer20 5 - 304
Scott Fraser20 111121
John Rankin32 10 - 17611
Aaron Kuhl19 5 - 5 -
Billy Mckay27 7373
Darko Bodul26 11 - 11 -
Aidan Connolly (sub)20 9 - 332
Simon Murray (sub)23 9191
Adam Taggart (sub)22 5 - 5 -

Team Sheet (Scanned Photo)

League Table (as at October 25th, 2015)

Pld W D L +/- Pts
1. Celtic 12 9 2 1 +22 29
2. Aberdeen 12 8 1 3 +5 25
3. Hearts 12 7 2 3 +6 23
4. Ross County 12 5 3 4 +4 18
5. Hamilton 12 5 3 4 +2 18
6. St Johnstone 12 5 2 5 +4 17
7. Dundee 12 4 4 4 -3 16
8. Kilmarnock 12 4 3 5 -7 15
9. Inverness CT 12 3 4 5 -4 13
10. Motherwell 12 3 2 7 -6 11
11. Partick Th 12 2 4 6 -6 10
12. DUNDEE UTD 12 1 2 9 -17 2

League results since United's last match
24th October 2015
Hearts2-0Ross County
Inverness CT0-1St Johnstone
Partick Th1-1Hamilton
25th October 2015
Celtic5-0Dundee Utd