Celtic 4
Dundee Utd 0
League (SPL)


4 - 0

Dundee Utd

League (SPL)
Tuesday, January 22nd, 2013
Celtic Park. Att. 42,596
7:45 PM Kick-off

Gary Hooper (19)
Victor Wanyama (33)
Gary Hooper (80)
Scott Brown (84)

Team Managers
Neil Lennon Peter Houston

Starting Eleven
Łukasz Załuska
Mikael Lustig
Thomas Rogne
Charlie Mulgrew
Emilio Izaguirre
Biram Kayal
Joe Ledley
Victor Wanyama
Georgios Samaras
Lassed Nouioui
Gary Hooper
Radoslaw Cierzniak .1
Seán Dillon .2
Barry Douglas .3
Keith Watson .12
Gavin Gunning .5
Mark Millar .14
John Rankin .8
Willo Flood .6
Gary Mackay-Steven .11
Jon Daly .9
Johnny Russell .7

Robbie Thomson
Adam Matthews
Rami Gershon
Scott Brown
Tony Watt
Anthony Stokes
Dylan McGeouch
Steve Banks .13
Brian McLean .4
Michael Gardyne .15
Richie Ryan .10
Stuart Armstrong .16
Rudi Skácel .51
Ryan Dow .18

Scott Brown for Biram Kayal (61)
Adam Matthews for Mikael Lustig (73)
Anthony Stokes for Lassed Nouioui (82)
Stuart Armstrong for Mark Millar (51)
Rudi Skácel for Gary Mackay-Steven (71)

None. Mark Millar (30)
Willo Flood (55)

Red Cards
None. None.

Match Officials

Euan Norris (Referee)

Ticket stub / Admission info

Match Report

Peter Houston kept faith with the eleven that started the impressive win over Kilmarnock at Rugby Park three days earlier when they visited the home of the Champions. Johnny Russell was hoping to take off from where he left on Saturday with former United man Lucas Zaluska continuing to deputise between the posts for Celtic.

The match started at a frantic pace and in the first minute Kayal fed Wanyama but he shot well over. The next minute Mulgrew sent in a great cross that picked out Samaras on the six yard box but he headed wide. The next minute proved to be a key moment in the match. Mackay-Steven and Russell played a fine one two with each other and with only the keeper to beat Mackay-Steven shot just past the post. Shortly after Lustig crossed to the far post and Hooper shot just wide with a right footed effort. United then went up the park and Flood sent in a fine low drive that just missed the target. Gary Mackay-Steven then found space in the box but he slightly hesitated and Mulgrew cleared. United were looking really dangerous and were unlucky when Daly charged down a Zaluska clearance but the ball went just wide of the target. The final piece of action in this opening period was when a Samaras cross found Hooper but his header landed on the roof of the net. On the 18 minute the deadlock was broken. United won a corner on the left but Celtic broke clear and swept up the park. Lazzad passed the ball to Samaras who in turn found Gary Hooper who swept the ball past the helpless Cierzniak. Ten minutes later Mark Millar became the first booking of the night when he made a late challenge on Ledley. Just after the half hour mark United went further behind. Hooper sent Lassad through but just as he was about to shoot Gunning made a great saving challenge. Ledley swung in a corner that the United defence cleared but the ball fell to Lustig who sent in a terrific first time cross and the unmarked Victor Wanyama headed the ball home. United looked to hit back and firstly Daly was unlucky not to connect with a Russell cross and then Douglas shot wide after being teed up by Russell. It was Celtic though who were looking the more dangerous and shortly before the break Kayal blasted over with only the keeper to beat and then on the stroke of half time Wanyama struck the post and from the rebound Lassad fired wide with the goal gaping.

Two minutes after the restart Celtic went close again, this time Lassad heading just over from a Ledley cross. Two minutes later United freshened things up when Armstrong came on in place of Millar. Flood was then booked for a frustrating late tackle on Izaguirre. At this point United were still in the game and they looked dangerous when Watson won a free kick and Douglas swung in a trademark cross that Daly just failed to connect with. United were then awarded a dubious corner from which Daly did connect but the ball was blocked on the line by Mulgrew. With half an hour left Brown came on for Kayal for the hosts and within a minute he was denied a goal by a fine saving challenge from Douglas. United then brought on Skacel for Mackay-Steven and at the same time Celtic replaced Lustig with Matthews. With 12 minutes remaining the game was put beyond United. It was typical of United’s night as the passage of play started with Skacel having a weak shot cleared off the line by Rogne and then play broke up to the other end of the park with eventually Samaras crossing to the feet of Hooper who cleverly beat Cierzniak to score his second of the game. Six minutes later United were punished further when Hooper was given far too much time on the edge of the box and he laid the ball into the path of Scott Brown who shot high into the corner of the net. However United did not give up and with a couple of minutes remaining Skacel shot from 30 yards out only to see his effort flash inches wide of the target.

Squad Statistics (as at January 22nd, 2013)

2012-13 All Time
Radoslaw Cierzniak (GK)29 28 - 28 -
Gavin Gunning21 283636
Seán Dillon29 21 - 2183
Barry Douglas23 191614
Keith Watson23 243946
Mark Millar24 11 - 11 -
Willo Flood27 2821354
John Rankin29 281736
Gary Mackay-Steven22 123488
Jon Daly30 271118669
Johnny Russell22 281411139
Rudi Skácel (sub)33 161161
Stuart Armstrong (sub)20 262664

League Table (as at January 22nd, 2013)

No league table has been added for this season.