Celtic 2
Dundee Utd 0
League (SPL)


2 - 0

Dundee Utd

League (SPL)
Sunday, May 21st, 2000
Celtic Park. Att. 47,586
3:00 PM Kick-off

Simon Lynch (52)
Mark Burchill (65)

Team Managers
Kenny Dalglish Paul Sturrock

Starting Eleven
Jonathan Gould
Jim Goodwin
Johan Mjällby
John Kennedy
Paul Lambert
Brian McColligan
Mark Fotheringham
Ryan McCann
Eyal Berkovic
Simon Lynch
Mark Burchill
Alan Combe .1
John McQuillan .30
Maurice Malpas .3
Tony Smith .11
Jason de Vos .5
David Hannah .4
Hugh Davidson .26
Jan Telesnikov .15
Jim Hamilton .29
Alex Mathie .9
Stephen McConalogue .25

Stewart Kerr
Paul Shields
Henrik Larsson
Liam Miller
John Convery
Paul Gallacher .13
Scott McCulloch .12
Craig Easton .7
Joaquim Ferraz .10
Steven Thompson .19

Henrik Larsson for Eyal Berkovic (65)
John Convery for Jim Goodwin (76)
Liam Miller for Ryan McCann (77)
Steven Thompson for Jim Hamilton (62)
Scott McCulloch for Stephen McConalogue (62)
Craig Easton for Hugh Davidson (77)

None. Alan Combe (43)

Red Cards
None. None.

Match Officials

Kenny Clark (Referee)

Match Report

It was a very strange looking Celtic line-up which faced United for the final match of the season. No less than six of the home side were in the Hoops' starting line-up for the very first time and their exuberance was the telling factor as a hugely disappointing second half of the season finished in like fashion. After a quiet opening ten minutes, Stephen McConalogue was first to threaten with an angled drive which Gould turned round his near-post. Alan Combe emulated this five minutes later to deny Lynch. There was an even better chance for Celtic three minutes later when Burchill broke through, but the Scotland striker shot into the side-netting. On the half-hour mark, Alan Combe pulled off yet another of the saves which have made him Tannadice's Player of the Season by not only saving, but, albeit it at the second attempt, holding onto Burchill's diagonal drive. Best chance of the opening half undoubtedly fell to United when David Hannah picked out Atex Mathie in space, but the striker could do no better than shoot straight at Goutd when Stephen McConatogue was better-placed. If the Tangerines spurned that chance, then Celtic passed up an even better opportunity of grabbing a half-time lead when Alan Combe was harshly adjudged to have brought down Burchill. Justice was served when Alan Combe saved Berkovie's softly-struck spot-kick! There was. however, no such salvation seven minutes into the second half! A free-kick into the box felt to Simon Lynch and the youngster finished clinically from twelve yards. Ten minutes later and a well worked move on the right saw Alex Mathie whip in a cross which Stephen McConalogue knocked narrowly past, but that was effectively the last seen of United as an attacking force, Celtic got a second two minutes later when Berkovic played McCann in on the
left and although Alan Combe deflected the youngster's low drive, Burchill was on hand to drive the ball into the far corner from close range. With Henrik Larsson making his return from injury, Celtic dominated the last quarter of the match and but for a post coming to the rescue to keep out a Burchill shot and Tony Smith, within seconds, twice making goalline clearances from Lynch and Larsson, the final score could have been a great deal worse. So it was with relief that everyone of Tannadice affiliations greeted the final whistle to end a frustrating campaign.

Squad Statistics (as at May 21st, 2000)

1999-00 All Time
Alan Combe (GK)26 43 - 53 -
Tony Smith26 9 - 9 -
John McQuillan29 12 - 12 -
Maurice Malpas37 17 - 83026
Jason de Vos26 402712
David Hannah26 41813321
Hugh Davidson19 291291
Jan Telesnikov27 304304
Stephen McConalogue18 18 - 19 -
Jim Hamilton24 164164
Alex Mathie31 174456
Scott McCulloch (sub)24 16 - 25 -
Craig Easton (sub)21 3821125
Steven Thompson (sub)21 346669

League Table (as at May 21st, 2000)

Pld W D L +/- Pts
1. Rangers 36 28 6 2 +70 90
2. Celtic 36 21 6 9 +52 69
3. Hearts 36 15 9 12 +7 54
4. Motherwell 36 14 10 12 -14 52
5. St Johnstone 36 10 12 14 -8 42
6. Hibernian 36 10 11 15 -12 41
7. Dundee 36 12 5 19 -19 41
8. DUNDEE UTD 36 11 6 19 -23 39
9. Kilmarnock 36 8 13 15 -14 37
10. Aberdeen 36 9 6 21 -39 33

League results since United's last match
14th May 2000
21st May 2000
Celtic2-0Dundee Utd
Kilmarnock3-2St Johnstone