Dundee Utd 2
Celtic 0
League (Premier Division)

Dundee Utd
2 - 0

League (Premier Division)
Saturday, December 17th, 1988
Tannadice Park. Att. 18,745
3:00 PM Kick-off

Mixu Paatelainen (pen.) (67)
Lex Baillie (o.g.) (85)

Team Managers
Jim McLean
Billy McNeill

Starting Eleven
Billy Thomson
Maurice Malpas
Dave Narey
Paul Hegarty
Mixu Paatelainen
Dave Bowman
Jim McInally
Billy McKinlay
Darren Jackson
Hamish French
Kevin Gallacher
Pat Bonner
Chris Morris
Anton Rogan
Roy Aitken
Lex Baillie
Derek Whyte
Peter Grant
Paul McStay
Frank MacAvennie
Mark McGhee
Tommy Burns

Dave Beaumont
Miodrag Krivokapić
Joe Miller
Andy Walker

Dave Beaumont for Darren Jackson (4)
Miodrag Krivokapić for Dave Bowman (17)
Joe Miller for Tommy Burns (78)
Andy Walker for Peter Grant (84)

None. None.

Red Cards
None. None.
Match Officials

Mike McGinley (Clydebank) (Referee)

Match Report

Celtic's third visit of the season proved no more profitable than their previous two as we defeated them for the third time without having lost a goal in the process. At the same time it stretched our unbeaten run to 10 games.

The match, particularly in the first half was played at a frantic pace and our prospects weren't enhanced by two early injuries. Firstly, Darren Jackson, making his debut following his £200,000 transfer from Newcastie United was injured after winning the ball in a tackle with Derek Whyte and had to hobble off. A few minutes later Dave Bowman came off worst in a challenge by Mark McGhee and although he limped on for a few minutes, he was forced to retire after 17 minutes, leaving us without any substitutes.

Celtic immediately created their best chance of the match when Paul McStay's tremendous surge forward took him past the United rearguard, but his shot slipped past the far post. Ten minutes later a series of headers in the Celtic box ended with Paul Hegarty heading narrowly past. Then it was Celtic's turn to go close with Mark McGhee hammering in a tremendous first time shot from the edge of the box which Billy Thomson did well to turn round the post for a corner. A couple of minutes before half-time a quickly delivered cross by Mixu Paatelainen had Derek Whyte scrambling the ball away to safety.

The Finn was unlucky not to score in the 52nd minute when a clever through ball by Jim Mclnally put him clear, but Bonner stretched high to beat down Mixu's chip. The deadlock was broken in the 67th minute. Kevin Gallacher's run into the box was halted when Lex Baillie brought him down and Mixu Paatelainen neatly despatched the spot-kick into the right-hand corner. A couple of minutes later Bonner, at full stretch, saved a quick shot on the turn by Kevin Gallacher from outside the box.

Celtic, for all their possession found it difficult to make an opening and were forced in to shooting from long range, few of which seriously troubled Billy Thomson. Any lingering doubts about a United victory were removed five minutes from time. Kevin Gallacher was tripped by Baillie.

Jim McInally's free found Mixu Paatelainen, who got a foot to the ball, which went spinning up in the air and was eventually headed in by the luckless Lex Baillie under pressure from Mixu Paatelainen. Not long before the final whistle Billy Thomson made a fine stop from a long range effort by Frank McAvennie to end a highly satisfactory afternoon for us.

Squad Statistics (as at December 17th, 1988)

1988-89 All Time
Billy Thomson (GK)30 27 - 191 -
Paul Hegarty34 21 - 67981
Dave Narey32 25 - 73536
Maurice Malpas26 28 - 37811
Mixu Paatelainen21 25115122
Jim McInally24 19 - 1164
Dave Bowman24 2711172
Billy McKinlay19 221412
Darren Jackson22 1 - 1 -
Hamish French24 171435
Kevin Gallacher22 24514431
Dave Beaumont (sub)25 1921165
Miodrag Krivokapić (sub)29 15 - 15 -

League Table (as at December 17th, 1988)

No league table has been added for this season.