Dundee Utd 1
Celtic 2
League (Premier Division)

Dundee Utd
1 - 2

League (Premier Division)
Saturday, December 26th, 1987
Tannadice Park. Att. 18,465
3:00 PM Kick-off

Iain Ferguson (64)
Andy Walker (pen) (37)
Joe Miller (88)

Team Managers
Jim McLean
Billy McNeill

Starting Eleven
Billy Thomson
Paul Hegarty
Maurice Malpas
Dave Narey
Ian Redford
Dave Bowman
John Clark
Jim McInally
Kevin Gallacher
Iain Ferguson
Hamish French
Alan McKnight
Chris Morris
Anton Rogan
Roy Aitken
Lex Baillie
Peter Grant
Joe Miller
Paul McStay
Frank McAvennie
Andy Walker
Billy Stark

Gordon McLeod
Mixu Paatelainen
Tommy Burns
Mark McGhee

Mixu Paatelainen for Ian Redford (53)
Tommy Burns for Peter Grant (59)

Jim McInally (32)
Chris Morris (83)

Red Cards
None. None.
Match Officials

David Syme (Rutherglen) (Referee)

Match Report

Celtic won at Tannadice for the first time in over three years, but they could count themselves lucky not to snatch both points after a game literally of two halves.

The Parkhead men dominated the opening forty-five minutes, then there was no doubting our superiority after the break. During the first half Paul McStay was outstanding as he played a series of passes from midfield. But for all that Billy Thomson only had to deal with a diving header from Joe Miller, before an apparently accidental hand ball by skipper Maurice Malpas was harshly penalised by a spot kick award, allowing Andy Wallker to score his twentieth goal of the season. Ironically, our appeal for a similar offence on the stroke of half-time fell on deaf ears.

We opened the second half threateningly. Jim McInally struck a volley just over the top and skipper Maurice Malpas had a drive saved by McKnight. Less than 10 minutes after the restart, Mixu Paatelainen replaced Ian Redford and Mixu was heavily involved in our equaliser, with limited space managed to get a cross over, Mixu flicked the ball on to Iain Ferguson, waiting at the far post. Iain promptly despatched the ball home from just inside the six yard box. A few minutes later McKnight had to dive full length to keep out a tremendous 25 yard drive by Iain Ferguson, otherwise bound for the postage stamp comer. In the 79th minute the combination which brought our equaliser almost struck gold again. Kevin Gallacher's low cross was touched by Mixu and Iain Ferguson just couldn't apply the finishing touch. With three minutes left John Clark and Mixu Paatelainen both went for a comer, Mixu got the final touch but the ball sailed wide of the target. Celtic promptly broke quickly and Joe Miller met Chris Morris's long ball to head the ball past Billy Thomson for a late late winner.

Squad Statistics (as at December 26th, 1987)

1987-88 All Time
Billy Thomson (GK)29 34 - 148 -
Maurice Malpas25 34132510
Dave Narey31 29 - 68536
Paul Hegarty33 32163380
Ian Redford27 19312124
Dave Bowman23 28 - 66 -
Jim McInally23 211723
John Clark23 21411919
Iain Ferguson25 31128240
Hamish French23 7171
Kevin Gallacher21 1829921
Mixu Paatelainen (sub)20 8383

League Table (as at December 26th, 1987)

No league table has been added for this season.