Dundee Utd 0
Celtic 1
League (Premiership)

Dundee Utd
0 - 1

League (Premiership)
Saturday, August 22nd, 2020
Tannadice Park (Behind closed doors)
5:30 PM Kick-off

None. Albian Ajeti (83)

Team Managers
Micky Mellon
Neil Lennon

Starting Eleven
1. Benji Siegrist
5. Mark Connolly
6. Mark Reynolds
17. Jamie Robson
20. Luke Bolton
18. Calum Butcher
15. Logan Chalmers
23. Ian Harkes
30. Lewis Neilson
8. Peter Pawlett
10. Nicky Clark
Vasilis Barkas .1
Jeremie Frimpong .30
Christopher Jullien .2
Nir Bitton .6
Greg Taylor .3
Scott Brown .8
Callum McGregor .42
Ryan Christie .17
Olivier Ntcham .21
Mohamed Elyounoussi .27
Odsonne Edouard .22

19. Deniz Mehmet
3. Adrián Sporle
22. Kieran Freeman
4. Dillon Powers
16. Adam King
21. Declan Glass
7. Paul McMullan
11. Cammy Smith
27. Louis Appéré
Scott Bain .29
Albian Ajeti .10
Patryk Klimala .11
Ismaila Soro .12
Kristoffer Ajer .35
Hatem Abd Elhamed .44
James Forrest .49
Cameron Harper .53
Kerr McInroy .55

Kieran Freeman for Lewis Neilson (60)
Adrián Sporle for Logan Chalmers (65)
Paul McMullan for Luke Bolton (74)
Louis Appéré for Nicky Clark (74)
James Forrest for Mohamed Elyounoussi (62)
Kristoffer Ajer for Olivier Ntcham (74)
Albian Ajeti for Greg Taylor (74)
Patryk Klimala for Odsonne Edouard (86)

Calum Butcher (80)
Kieran Freeman (90)
Callum McGregor (26)
Scott Brown (83)

Red Cards
None. None.
Match Officials

Andrew Dallas (Referee)

Match Report

Dundee United welcomed a Celtic side who had not played for two weeks due to the Scottish government’s enforced lay off after the heavily reported COVID-19 protocol breach by their Belgian centre half Boli Bolingoli. United lined up in a 4-1-4-1 formation with three changes from the win at Dingwall with Freeman, Sporle and Appere dropping to the bench. The impressive 17 year old Lewis Neilson came in at right back, Jamie Robson was back at left back after a serious head knock against Hibs and Nicky Clark was recalled up top looking to add to his early season two goal tally. In response to the global COVID-19 pandemic restrictions had forced all clubs to play games behind closed doors and there was an unusual early evening kick off on a dry but overcast day in the City of Discovery.

The Terrors had enjoyed a strong start to life back in the Premiership and showed up well in the early stages of the match. However it was Celtic who gradually started to build dominance through their experienced midfield and dangerous strike force in the first forty five minutes. United had to rely on a number of good Benji Siegrist saves to keep the first half goalless after decent efforts from Odsonne Edouard and Ryan Christie. United would have been encouraged by some quick counter attacks which looked dangerous although they couldn’t put any real pressure on Celtic’s new Greek goalkeeper Vasilis Barkas.

The second half continued along a similar pattern as the first with Celtic creating a number of half chances and Siegrist continuing to frustrate the champions attempts to open the scoring. Edouard and Christie again spurned the Hoops best opportunities as United’s counter attacks became less frequent and the home side were forced into doggedly defending their eighteen yard line. A flurry of substitutions after the hour mark from both sides included Celtic’s £4.5m summer signing from West Ham Albian Ajeti coming on for his debut to supplement the Celtic attack. Jamie Robson tested Barkas in the Celtic goal from twenty five yards after a sharp breakaway on sixty eight minutes but Celtic continued to dominate with sub James Forrest and Edouard both blasting just over from the edge of the box. As the game moved in to the last ten minutes those of a tangerine persuasion were cautiously starting to believe a creditable draw was within reach. Celtic continued to drive forward and on eighty three minutes the resilient United rearguard was finally breached. Albian Ajeti notched his first goal for his new club when he knocked in the loose ball after a great Siegrist save from another Ryan Christie effort. Celtic managed the game out and frustrated United as they struggled to create any late chances against a well organised Celtic side.

On the final whistle Micky Mellon looked visibly disappointed and post match interviews confirmed his frustration at the scoreline. A strong United showing and a man of the match performance from keeper Benji Siegrist had given them a chance to grab a draw but the late Celtic strike meant the champions left Tayside with all three points. United slipped down to fifth in the league but could still be satisfied with their position after the first five matches of the season had been played.

Written by Sam Grogan

Squad Statistics (as at August 22nd, 2020)

2020-21 All Time
Benji Siegrist (GK)28 5 - 76 -
Mark Connolly28 5 - 421
Mark Reynolds33 51541
Jamie Robson22 4 - 1292
Luke Bolton20 5 - 5 -
Calum Butcher29 5 - 795
Logan Chalmers20 5 - 213
Ian Harkes25 5 - 563
Lewis Neilson17 4 - 4 -
Peter Pawlett29 51424
Nicky Clark29 526324
Kieran Freeman (sub)20 2 - 2 -
Adrián Sporle (sub)25 4 - 203
Paul McMullan (sub)24 1 - 11319
Louis Appéré (sub)21 4 - 416

League Table (as at August 22nd, 2020)

Pld W D L +/- Pts
1. Rangers 5 4 1 0 +9 13
2. Hibernian 4 3 1 0 +5 10
3. Ross County 5 2 2 1 +1 8
4. Celtic 3 2 1 0 +5 7
5. DUNDEE UTD 5 2 1 2 0 7
6. St Mirren 4 2 1 1 -1 7
7. St Johnstone 4 1 1 2 -3 4
8. Aberdeen 2 1 0 1 0 3
9. Hamilton 4 1 0 3 -5 3
10. Motherwell 5 0 2 3 -3 2
11. Kilmarnock 5 0 2 3 -4 2
12. Livingston 4 0 2 2 -4 2

League results since United's last match
16th August 2020
20th August 2020
St Johnstone0-1Aberdeen
22nd August 2020
Dundee Utd0-1Celtic
St Mirren1-1Ross County