Dundee Utd 2
Celtic 1
League (SPL)

Dundee Utd
2 - 1

League (SPL)
Sunday, August 15th, 1999
Tannadice Park. Att. 12,375
3:00 PM Kick-off

Craig Easton (12)
Billy Dodds (42)
Eyal Berkovic (82)

Team Managers
Paul Sturrock
John Barnes

Starting Eleven
1. Alan Combe
8. Magnus Sköldmark
6. Siggi Jónsson
21. David Partridge
5. Jason de Vos
2. Bernard Pascual
18. Jim Paterson
7. Craig Easton
4. David Hannah
14. Billy Dodds
10. Joaquim Ferraz
Jonathan Gould
Vidar Riseth
Johan Mjällby
Olivier Tébily
Stéphane Mahé
Paul Lambert
Morten Weighorst
Ľubomír Moravčík
Eyal Berkovic
Henrik Larsson
Mark Viduka

13. Paul Gallacher
3. Maurice Malpas
26. Hugh Davidson
19. Steven Thompson
9. Alex Mathie
Dmitri Kharine
Mark Burchill
Stiliyan Petrov
Tom Boyd
Regi Blinker

Hugh Davidson for Jim Paterson
Stiliyan Petrov for Morten Weighorst (67)

Craig Easton (30)
Jim Paterson (35)
Joaquim Ferraz (64)
Billy Dodds (79)
David Hannah (90)
Stéphane Mahé (42)
Morten Weighorst (55)

Red Cards
None. None.
Match Officials

Kenny Clark (Referee)

Match Report

Under the John Barnes/Kenny Dalglish ticket, Celtic had steam-rollered all opposition prior to making their way to Tannadice, but a never-say-die display by the Tangerines put the breaks on the Hoops bandwagon. Positive was the only way to describe the manner in which United started the match. However, there was an early reminder of the threat Celtic carry when Larsson powered a diving header just wide. Five minutes later though, the visitors lost their previously unblemished defensive record. Billy Dodds took a ball played up to him by David Partridge and slipped it into the path of Craig Easton who sent a first time shot curling into the postage stamp right-hand corner from 20 yards. Although the threat of Larsson persisted as he twice hit efforts wide of the mark, Celtic had Jonathan Gould to thank for preventing the concession of a second goal with a brilliant double save. Firstly, he blocked a shot from Joaquim Ferraz with his feet and then did likewise to Jim Paterson as he tried to net the rebound. On the only occasion in the first half on which Celtic opened up our defence Alan Combe was out quickly to close down and deflect Viduka's shot away. The diligence which had, in the main, kept Celtic in check was rewarded four minutes from the interval with a second strike. David Partridge, starting a match for the first time, lofted the ball over the top of the visitors' defence, enabling Billy Dodds to run through and scoop the ball over Gould and watch
it bounce into the empty net. Although Celtic may have dominated territorially thereafter, they were fortunate not to concede a third goal early in the second half when Magnus Skoldmark bulletted a free header inches past. United's tenacity at the back continued to restrict Celtic to long range pops at goal. There was no better example of this than Trebily's cracking 30 yard drive which Alan Combe brilliantly tipped over. Unfortunately, when the resultant corner came over, the ball broke to Berkovic just outside the box and he swept home a volley into the top right-hand corner. The game pulsated to the finish. Billy Dodds curled a shot inches wide at one end and Celtic raced away to the other to almost equatise. Alan Combe beat down a Moravcik effort and Riseth seemed certain to score from the rebound. He didn't, however, heading the loose ball over the bar, and United went on take ail three points and equal the number of home wins recorded in the whole of last term.

Squad Statistics (as at August 15th, 1999)

1999-00 All Time
Alan Combe (GK)25 3 - 13 -
Jason de Vos25 3 - 34 -
Siggi Jónsson32 3 - 381
Jim Paterson19 3 - 23 -
Bernard Pascual32 3 - 21 -
David Partridge20 1 - 2 -
Magnus Sköldmark30 31612
Craig Easton20 31774
David Hannah26 3 - 9513
Joaquim Ferraz25 3232
Billy Dodds30 324019
Hugh Davidson (sub)19 3 - 3 -

Team Sheet (Scanned Photo)

League Table (as at August 15th, 1999)

Pld W D L +/- Pts
1. Rangers 3 3 0 0 +8 9
2. DUNDEE UTD 3 2 1 0 +2 7
3. Celtic 3 2 0 1 +7 6
4. Hibernian 3 1 2 0 +1 5
5. Hearts 3 1 1 1 -1 4
6. Dundee 3 1 0 2 0 3
7. Kilmarnock 3 1 0 2 -1 3
8. St Johnstone 3 1 0 2 -4 3
9. Motherwell 3 0 2 1 -3 2
10. Aberdeen 3 0 0 3 -9 0

League results since United's last match
8th August 1999
14th August 1999
15th August 1999
Dundee Utd2-1Celtic
St Johnstone2-0Kilmarnock