Celtic 3
Dundee Utd 1
League (Premier Division)


Celtic 

3 - 1

Dundee Utd


League (Premier Division)
Wednesday, April 21st, 1982
Parkhead. Att. 14,392
7:30 PM Kick-off


Goalscorers
George McCluskey (39)
George McCluskey (54)
Davie Provan (87)
Davie Dodds (87)

Team Managers
Billy McNeill Jim McLean

Starting Eleven
Pat Bonner
Danny McGrain
Roy Aitken
Tom McAdam
Mark Reid
Dom Sullivan
Murdo MacLeod
Tommy Burns
Davie Provan
George McCluskey
Danny Crainie
Hamish McAlpine
Richard Gough
Derek Murray
Paul Hegarty
Dave Narey
Maurice Malpas
Ralph Milne
Billy Kirkwood
Eamonn Bannon
Davie Dodds
Paul Sturrock

Bench
Paul McStay
David Moyes
John Holt
John Reilly

Substitutions
None. John Holt for Derek Murray

Cautions
Tommy Burns Davie Dodds

Red Cards
None. None.

Match Officials

Brian McGinlay (Balfron) (Referee)



Match Report


In the days before this match, Jim McLean debated resting striker Paul Sturrock, with the Scotland man having played at the weekend, and again on Monday for the Scotland Under-21 side. However the forward was included in a starting eleven unchanged from the defeat to Hibs on Saturday.

The first goalmouth excitement came from a Roy Aitken drive which Hamish McAlpine brilliantly touched aside for a corner. A tired United side were dominated by a Celtic side on the verge of reclaiming the Premier title, and the Glasgow side took the lead six minutes before the interval. McAlpine blocked a Tom McAdam header from a Provan cross, but George McCluskey netted from a couple of yards out.

Sturrock went close for United with a smart shot which went just over the bar early in the second half, but in the 54th minute Celtic scored a second. Sullivan chipped the ball over the defence to George McCluskey who looked offside as he popped the ball into the net. McAlpine saved well from Sullivan, and then instinctively saved McCluskey's rebounded effort. Two minutes later Davie Dodds reduced the leeway with a fine headed goal from a Ralph Milne cross. But with just 10 minutes left Davie Provan made it 3-1 was a free-kick that gave McAlpine no chance.

A second successive defeat, coupled with St Mirren's victory over Airdrie, put the Paisley side in the driving seat for that fourth place that would guarantee European football.



Squad Statistics (as at April 21st, 1982)


1981-82 All Time
Age
Hamish McAlpine (GK)34 53 - 5203
Derek Murray21 16 - 18 -
Maurice Malpas19 20 - 20 -
Richard Gough20 402442
Dave Narey25 53339125
Paul Hegarty27 51234451
Ralph Milne20 501310326
Billy Kirkwood23 48721847
Eamonn Bannon24 552014137
Davie Dodds23 522117066
Paul Sturrock25 4822324100
John Holt (sub)25 48519316






League Table (as at April 21st, 1982)


Pld W D L +/- Pts
1. Celtic 31 21 6 4 +37 48
2. Aberdeen 29 16 7 6 +22 39
3. Rangers 31 13 10 8 +7 36
4. St Mirren 29 14 7 8 +10 35
5. United 31 13 8 10 +20 34
6. Hibernian 32 10 12 10 +3 32
7. Morton 32 9 10 13 -20 28
8. Dundee 32 9 4 19 -19 22
9. Partick Th 31 6 8 17 -18 20
10. Airdrie 32 5 6 21 -42 16