Scottish Premiership
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Celtic 3-1 Dundee United

Celtic broke through the 100-goals mark as they cruised past Dundee United on the day Neil Lennon's side were presented with the Premiership trophy.

Anthony Stokes nodded the opener before Georgios Samaras doubled the hosts' lead from the penalty spot, having been brought down by Radoslaw Cierzniak.

A Filip Twardzik own goal reduced Dundee United's deficit.

But Kris Commons restored the two-goal cushion with a fine finish following a slip by Keith Watson.

Celtic striker Georgios Samaras
Samaras made a scoring appearance on what is likely to be his last game for Celtic

The Celtic players took to the field wearing black armbands in memory of five-year-old fan Oscar Knox, who lost his battle with cancer this week, and applause rang around the ground after five minutes as a tribute.

There was a distinct end-of-season feel to the opening exchanges, with plenty of free-flowing football on show but little threat in either final third.

Dundee United will be back at Celtic Park next week for their Scottish Cup final date with St Johnstone, and Jackie McNamara's side looked comfortable in the surroundings.

Celtic's first sight of goal fell to Leigh Griffiths from a fine Scott Brown pass, but with the ball dropping over his shoulder, the hitman produced a fresh-air swipe.

Stokes then had a dig from the edge of the box but it lacked power and United goalkeeper Cierzniak gathered easily.

At the other end Paul Paton tried his luck, curling an effort over the bar from 20 yards after tenacious play from Morgaro Gomis.

The best chance of the opening hour fell to United front man Farid El Alagui five minutes after the break.

Mark Wilson fired an effort that Fraser Forster saved, and when the ball dropped to El Alagui a few yards out, he shot over with the goal gaping.

Minutes later Griffiths had the ball in the net after latching on to Stefan Johansen's through ball, but the flag was up for offside.

United's Ryan Gauld made way for Gary Mackay-Steven on the hour and Samaras, whose Celtic deal ends this summer, came on in place of Griffiths.

Anthony Stokes socres for Celtic against Dundee United
Stokes (third from left) opened the scoring with a header past Cierzniak

And Stokes made the breakthrough after 64 minutes, netting the club's 100th league goal of the campaign.

Commons was the creator, working the ball on to his right foot and delivering to the back post where the Irishman was waiting to nod beyond Cierzniak.

Ryan Dow went off for United and his replacement, Stuart Armstrong, almost made an immediate impact. El Alagui set him free down the left with an excellent header and the midfielder cut inside before drilling in a low effort, but Forster got down brilliantly to tip it round the post.

The hosts then doubled their lead from the penalty spot.

Samaras picked Gavin Gunning's pocket in the box with a fine sliding challenge and Cierzniak hauled the Greek to the ground. The forward then got to his feet and easily beat the goalkeeper from 12 yards, netting his first league goal at Celtic Park this season.

The two-goal cushion was short-lived, though, as United got back into the game thanks to a Twardzik own goal.

Mackay-Steven was played in down the right by Armstrong and his attempted centre was diverted past Forster by the Czech.

Celtic bagged another goal immediately through Commons' delicate finish after Keith Watson slipped and gifted possession to Stokes.

Substitute Beram Kayal missed a glaring chance as Celtic poured forward in search of more goals, but it mattered little as soon the title party ensued.

Line-ups

Celtic

  • 1Forster
  • 23LustigSubstituted forKayalat 78'minutesBooked at 90mins
  • 21Mulgrew
  • 25Johansen
  • 4Ambrose
  • 5van Dijk
  • 8Brown
  • 56TwardzikSubstituted forPukkiat 84'minutes
  • 10Stokes
  • 15Commons
  • 28GriffithsSubstituted forSamarasat 61'minutes

Substitutes

  • 9Samaras
  • 11Boerrigter
  • 20Pukki
  • 22Mouyokolo
  • 24Zaluska
  • 33Kayal
  • 53Henderson

Dundee Utd

  • 1CierzniakBooked at 76mins
  • 16Wilson
  • 2Dillon
  • 8RankinSubstituted forFraserat 83'minutes
  • 12Watson
  • 5Gunning
  • 27Gomis
  • 6Paton
  • 29El Alagui
  • 18DowSubstituted forArmstrongat 69'minutes
  • 19GauldSubstituted forMackay-Stevenat 60'minutes

Substitutes

  • 9Graham
  • 10Armstrong
  • 11Mackay-Steven
  • 21Ciftci
  • 25McCallum
  • 26Robertson
  • 41Fraser
Referee:
William Collum
Attendance:
52,400

Match Stats

Home TeamCelticAway TeamDundee Utd
Possession
Home53%
Away47%
Shots
Home12
Away7
Shots on Target
Home8
Away2
Corners
Home4
Away3
Fouls
Home10
Away14

Live Text

Match ends, Celtic 3, Dundee United 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Celtic 3, Dundee United 1.

Booking

Beram Kayal (Celtic) is shown the yellow card.

Foul by Beram Kayal (Celtic).

Stuart Armstrong (Dundee United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Hand ball by Beram Kayal (Celtic).

Attempt missed. Kris Commons (Celtic) right footed shot from outside the box is too high.

Scott Brown (Celtic) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Farid El Alagui (Dundee United).

Attempt missed. Beram Kayal (Celtic) right footed shot from the centre of the box is too high.

Substitution

Substitution, Celtic. Teemu Pukki replaces Filip Twardzik.

Substitution

Substitution, Dundee United. Scott Fraser replaces John Rankin.

Goal!

Goal! Celtic 3, Dundee United 1. Kris Commons (Celtic) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Anthony Stokes.

Beram Kayal (Celtic) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Stuart Armstrong (Dundee United).

Goal!

Own Goal by Filip Twardzik, Celtic. Celtic 2, Dundee United 1.

Substitution

Substitution, Celtic. Beram Kayal replaces Mikael Lustig.

Goal!

Goal! Celtic 2, Dundee United 0. Georgios Samaras (Celtic) converts the penalty with a right footed shot to the bottom right corner.

Booking

Radoslaw Cierzniak (Dundee United) is shown the yellow card.

Penalty Celtic. Georgios Samaras draws a foul in the penalty area.

Penalty conceded by Radoslaw Cierzniak (Dundee United) after a foul in the penalty area.

Foul by Georgios Samaras (Celtic).

Gavin Gunning (Dundee United) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Corner, Dundee United. Conceded by Fraser Forster.

Attempt saved. Stuart Armstrong (Dundee United) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top right corner.

Substitution

Substitution, Dundee United. Stuart Armstrong replaces Ryan Dow.

Attempt saved. Kris Commons (Celtic) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top right corner.

Corner, Dundee United. Conceded by Efe Ambrose.

Goal!

Goal! Celtic 1, Dundee United 0. Anthony Stokes (Celtic) header from the centre of the box to the top right corner. Assisted by Kris Commons.

Corner, Celtic. Conceded by Radoslaw Cierzniak.

Attempt saved. Kris Commons (Celtic) right footed shot from a difficult angle on the right is saved in the bottom right corner.

Substitution

Substitution, Celtic. Georgios Samaras replaces Leigh Griffiths.

Substitution

Substitution, Dundee United. Gary Mackay-Steven replaces Ryan Gauld.

Attempt missed. Farid El Alagui (Dundee United) right footed shot from the centre of the box is just a bit too high.

Attempt saved. Mark Wilson (Dundee United) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

Corner, Dundee United. Conceded by Efe Ambrose.

Foul by Mikael Lustig (Celtic).

Farid El Alagui (Dundee United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Efe Ambrose (Celtic) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Farid El Alagui (Dundee United).

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLGDPts
1Celtic3831617799
2Motherwell3822412470
3Aberdeen38208101568
4Dundee Utd381610121558
5Inverness CT3816913057
6St Johnstone3815815653
7Ross County3811720-1840
8St Mirren3810919-1939
9Kilmarnock3811621-2139
10Partick Thistle3881416-1938
11Hibernian3881119-2035
12Hearts3810820-2023
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