Dundee Utd 3
Celtic 2
League (Premier Division)

Dundee Utd
3 - 2

League (Premier Division)
Saturday, January 10th, 1987
Tannadice Park. Att. 19,020
3:00 PM Kick-off

Iain Ferguson (7)
Kevin Gallacher (50)
Eamonn Bannon (76)
Brian McClair (53)
Brian McClair (60)

Team Managers
Jim McLean
David Hay

Starting Eleven
1. Billy Thomson
2. Billy Kirkwood
3. Dave Beaumont
4. Jim McInally
5. Maurice Malpas
6. Dave Narey
7. Iain Ferguson
8. Kevin Gallacher
9. Eamonn Bannon
10. Paul Sturrock
11. Ian Redford
Pat Bonner .1
Danny McGrain .2
Anton Rogan .3
Peter Grant .4
Derek Whyte .5
Willie McStay .6
Brian McClair .7
Paul McStay .8
Alan McInally .9
Murdo McLeod .10
Tony Shepherd .11

12. Gary McGinnis
14. Paul Kinnaird
Mark McGhee .12
Owen Archdeacon .14

Gary McGinnis for Paul Sturrock (60)
Paul Kinnaird for Kevin Gallacher (75)
Owen Archdeacon for Derek Whyte (73)
Mark McGhee for Alan McInally (75)

Ian Redford (9)
Jim McInally (90)
Brian McClair (80)
Paul McStay (85)

Red Cards
None. None.
Match Officials

Sandy Roy (Aberdeen) (Referee)
C L Ross (Edinburgh) & W Scott (Perth) (Assistants)

Match Report

A great victory over Celtic helped United draw within three points of the League leaders in an exciting tussle which kept the crowd warm on a freezing cold day. The spoils didn't come our way easily despite the fact that we established a two goal lead immediately after the interval. A Paul Sturrock free-kick from the right was flicked on to an unmarked Iain Ferguson who hammered past Bonner. The remainder of the half produced little activity for either keeper with both defences on top.

The same cannot be said of the second half. Three minutes after the restart a long clearance by Billy Thomson was headed on by Iain Ferguson and Kevin Gallacher nipped in behind Willie McStay to knock the ball past Bonner. The Tangerine joy was curtailed two minutes later when a similar defensive error allowed Brian McClalr to pull a goal back. McClair then equalised eight minutes later with a volley when he found himself in space after the United defence failed to cut out a cross from the right. The succession of defensive errors continued when substitute Paul Kinnaird, with almost his first touch, sent over an inviting low cross which the Celtic defence ignored to let Eamonn Bannon in to sweep home the winner. A spirited surge by the visitors as they sought an equaliser was repelled thanks to two fine saves from Billy Thomson and a headed clearance by Maurice Malpas.

Squad Statistics (as at January 10th, 1987)

1986-87 All Time
Billy Thomson (GK)66 0 - 0 -
Dave Narey67 0 - 0 -
Dave Beaumont60 0 - 0 -
Maurice Malpas61 0 - 0 -
Ian Redford64 0 - 0 -
Billy Kirkwood65 0 - 0 -
Jim McInally60 0 - 0 -
Eamonn Bannon65 0 - 0 -
Paul Sturrock67 0 - 0 -
Kevin Gallacher57 0 - 0 -
Iain Ferguson61 0 - 0 -
Gary McGinnis (sub)60 0 - 0 -
Paul Kinnaird (sub)57 0 - 0 -

League Table (as at January 10th, 1987)

No league table has been added for this season.