Dundee Utd 2
Celtic 0
League (Premier Division)

Dundee Utd
2 - 0

League (Premier Division)
Saturday, January 13th, 1990
Tannadice Park. Att. 16,629
3:00 PM Kick-off

Paddy Connolly (36)
Paddy Connolly (44)

Team Managers
Jim McLean
Billy McNeill

Starting Eleven
1. Alan Main
2. John Clark
3. Maurice Malpas
4. Jim McInally
5. Miodrag Krivokapić
6. Dave Narey
7. Freddy van der Hoorn
8. Kevin Gallacher
9. Darren Jackson
10. Paddy Connolly
11. Mixu Paatelainen
Pat Bonner .1
Chris Morris .2
Dariusz Wdowczyk .3
Mike Galloway .4
Paul Elliot .5
Derek Whyte .6
Alex Mathie .7
Paul McStay .8
Jacki Dziekanowski .9
Stevie Fulton .10
Joe Miller .11

12. Dave Bowman
14. Ray McKinnon
Peter Grant .12
Andy Walker .14

Dave Bowman for Paddy Connolly (84)
Andy Walker for Alex Mathie (58)

Freddy van der Hoorn (45)
Derek Whyte (37)
Stevie Fulton (38)
Paul McStay (44)
Paul Elliot (76)

Red Cards
None. None.
Match Officials

Jim Renton (Cowdenbeath) (Referee)
G Forrest (Edinburgh) & P H Samuel (MacDuff) (Assistants)

Match Report

Tannadice, which has so often been the graveyard for Celtic's aspirations lived up to its reputation yet again. This latest defeat means Celtic have only won twice on Tayside in their last 17 visits. More importantly from a United standpoint, it closed the gap on Celtic, who are in fourth spot, to a single point and re-awakened our own hopes of a place in Europe again next season.

Early proceedings shed no light on how comfortable a victory we were to eventually earn. If anything Celtic had the better of the opening half hour, most notably when Elliot flicked on a Mathie corner and Miller smacked the ball against the bar. However once we went ahead there was only going to be one winner. That first goal came after 36 minutes when Kevin Gallacher's powerful shot was only palmed away by Bonner and Paddy Connolly turned the ball home although Bonner did fumble the ball over the line. Within a matter of minutes we should have scored twice more. Celtic's defence was in total disarray as Kevin Gallacher sped on to a through ball, but he shot weakly into Bonner's arms. Then John Clark was presented with a free header from a Dave Narey free-kick, but he missed the target. However, right on the stroke of half-time we did get a second and again the move was initiated by a free-kick from Dave Narey. Mixu Paatelainen headed the ball on and Elliot, obligingly missed his clearance to allow Paddy Connolly to steal in, side-step Bonner and tuck the ball into the empty net.

Immediately after the interval we might have gone further ahead, but Bonner pushed over Darren Jackson's downward header from a sweeping cross from Miodrag Krivokapic. Celtic, true to their tradition, battled hard, but on the few occasions they managed to find a gap in our defence, they found goalkeeper Alan Main unflappable. So with two thirds of our home League programme under-taken we remain unbeaten, which is all the more remarkable after our patchy home form of last season.

Squad Statistics (as at January 13th, 1990)

1989-90 All Time
Alan Main (GK)22 15 - 28 -
Miodrag Krivokapić30 18 - 491
Maurice Malpas27 29242914
Dave Narey33 26 - 78236
Freddy van der Hoorn26 262262
John Clark25 25219224
Jim McInally25 2831658
Mixu Paatelainen22 2469534
Paddy Connolly19 6282
Kevin Gallacher23 23218740
Darren Jackson23 143153
Dave Bowman (sub)25 2511554

League Table (as at January 13th, 1990)

No league table has been added for this season.