Scottish Cup - Quater-Finals - Replay
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Celtic 4-0 Dundee United

  • Celtic through to Scottish Cup semi-final
  • Denayer, Griffiths, Commons and Van Dijk score for Celtic
  • Anthony Stokes and Ryan McGowan red carded
  • Both sides meet again in the league on Saturday

Celtic's dreams of a domestic treble remain intact after a comfortable Scottish Cup quarter-final replay win at home to Dundee United.

Jason Denayer headed Anthony Stokes' free-kick past Radoslaw Cierzniak in a one-sided first half.

Leigh Griffiths and Kris Commons added two more goals before Stokes was sent off for elbowing United's Paul Paton. Ryan McGowan was also dismissed for the visitors for a foul on Liam Henderson.

Virgil van Dijk added a fourth late on.

The score line reflected the flow of the game with United a pale shadow of the team that had held Celtic to a 1-1 draw in the first game at Tannadice.

Inverness Caledonian Thistle now await Celtic in a Hampden semi-final as they bid to add this trophy to last weekend's League Cup triumph, while Jackie McNamara has to pick his United players up for a return trip to Glasgow on Saturday, for the final game of four consecutive matches against Ronny Deila's side.

United could have been down to 10 men after a minute when goalkeeper Cierzniak brought down Griffiths just a few yards from the penalty box, and the Pole was perhaps fortunate to receive only a yellow card.

Celtic continued on the front foot. Griffiths directed Stokes' cross on target, though only into the arms of Cierzniak, but it was a warning shot and minutes later the home side were in the lead.

Stokes' curled delivery from a free-kick found Belgian centre-back Denayer, who powered home the header.

It was one attack after another for the home side and James Forrest and Griffiths both had numerous opportunities, with Van Dijk also threatening with a header.

Then Celtic hit the woodwork when Forrest beat John Rankin on the wing and sent over a cross which Cierzniak palmed against the crossbar.

Leigh Griffiths added the finishing touches to Scott Brown's long pass to make it 2-0 Celtic.
Leigh Griffiths added the finishing touches to Scott Brown's long pass to make it 2-0 to Celtic

While there was only a goal in it though, United were still in the cup tie. McGowan's cut back from the byline was parried by Gordon and United forward Nadir Ciftci should have done better but did not realise the ball had landed just behind him.

Celtic defender Nir Bitton could have made it 2-0 when he was one-on-one with the goalkeeper, but he passed up his big chance.

United were more threatening in the opening minutes of the second half than they were for the whole of the first half, with McGowan and Ciftci both creating problems.

Just as they looked to be gaining some momentum, Griffiths volleyed Scott Brown's long pass into the net to give Celtic a second goal.

Cierzniak tipped a Stokes shot round the post, but United's resistance could not hold out and Commons played a one-two with John Guidetti before finding the back of the net.

Stokes and McGowan saw red within minutes of each other. Stokes for lashing out at Paton with an elbow, and the Australian followed him down the tunnel when he caught Liam Henderson with a hefty challenge.

Van Dijk combined with Denayer to add a fourth late on and wrap up the win.

Jason Denayer gets his head to Anthony Stokes cross to make it 1-0.
Jason Denayer gets his head to Anthony Stokes' cross to make it 1-0
Kris Commons scored in between goals from Leigh Griffiths and Virgil Van Dijk.
Kris Commons scored in between goals from Leigh Griffiths and Virgil van Dijk
Anthony Stokes was sent off for lashing out at Paul Paton.
Stokes was sent off for lashing out at Paul Paton.
Celtic players react angrily to a Ryan McGowan challenge on Liam Henderson, which saw the defender sent off.
Celtic players react angrily to a McGowan challenge on Liam Henderson, which saw the defender sent off

Line-ups

Celtic

  • 26Gordon
  • 4AmbroseBooked at 41minsSubstituted forFisherat 72'minutes
  • 22Denayer
  • 5van Dijk
  • 3IzaguirreBooked at 90mins
  • 6Bitton
  • 8Brown
  • 49Forrest
  • 15CommonsSubstituted forHendersonat 80'minutes
  • 10StokesBooked at 87mins
  • 28GriffithsSubstituted forGuidettiat 58'minutesBooked at 90mins

Substitutes

  • 9Guidetti
  • 12Scepovic
  • 24Zaluska
  • 32Wakaso
  • 41Fisher
  • 42McGregor
  • 53Henderson

Dundee Utd

  • 1CierzniakBooked at 2mins
  • 16McGowanBooked at 89mins
  • 5Fojut
  • 14Morris
  • 8RankinBooked at 90mins
  • 24SpittalSubstituted forConnollyat 74'minutes
  • 6Paton
  • 20Butcher
  • 17ErskineSubstituted forAnierat 70'minutes
  • 18DowSubstituted forTelferat 70'minutes
  • 7CiftciBooked at 82mins

Substitutes

  • 4Souttar
  • 21Telfer
  • 22Connolly
  • 23Smith
  • 26Szromnik
  • 30Anier
  • 33Spark
Referee:
Calum Murray
Attendance:
28,847

Match Stats

Home TeamCelticAway TeamDundee Utd
Possession
Home58%
Away42%
Shots
Home17
Away5
Shots on Target
Home8
Away3
Corners
Home13
Away2
Fouls
Home17
Away9

Live Text

Match ends, Celtic 4, Dundee United 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Celtic 4, Dundee United 0.

Booking

John Guidetti (Celtic) is shown the yellow card.

Goal!

Goal! Celtic 4, Dundee United 0. Virgil van Dijk (Celtic) right footed shot from very close range to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Jason Denayer.

Booking

John Rankin (Dundee United) is shown the yellow card.

James Forrest (Celtic) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by John Rankin (Dundee United).

Booking

Emilio Izaguirre (Celtic) is shown the yellow card.

Dismissal

Ryan McGowan (Dundee United) is shown the red card.

Liam Henderson (Celtic) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Ryan McGowan (Dundee United).

Nir Bitton (Celtic) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Aidan Connolly (Dundee United).

Dismissal

Anthony Stokes (Celtic) is shown the red card for fighting.

Foul by Anthony Stokes (Celtic).

Paul Paton (Dundee United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Attempt missed. John Guidetti (Celtic) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left.

Corner, Dundee United. Conceded by Emilio Izaguirre.

Foul by John Guidetti (Celtic).

Jaroslaw Fojut (Dundee United) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Booking

Nadir Ciftci (Dundee United) is shown the yellow card.

John Guidetti (Celtic) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Nadir Ciftci (Dundee United).

Substitution

Substitution, Celtic. Liam Henderson replaces Kris Commons.

Goal!

Goal! Celtic 3, Dundee United 0. Kris Commons (Celtic) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the high centre of the goal. Assisted by John Guidetti.

Attempt missed. Anthony Stokes (Celtic) right footed shot from the centre of the box is high and wide to the right.

Attempt saved. Calum Butcher (Dundee United) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Substitution

Substitution, Dundee United. Aidan Connolly replaces Blair Spittal.

Foul by Scott Brown (Celtic).

Paul Paton (Dundee United) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Substitution

Substitution, Celtic. Darnell Fisher replaces Efe Ambrose.

Substitution

Substitution, Dundee United. Charlie Telfer replaces Ryan Dow.

Substitution

Substitution, Dundee United. Henri Anier replaces Chris Erskine.

Corner, Celtic. Conceded by Radoslaw Cierzniak.

Attempt saved. Anthony Stokes (Celtic) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

James Forrest (Celtic) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by John Rankin (Dundee United).

Foul by Efe Ambrose (Celtic).

Chris Erskine (Dundee United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

James Forrest (Celtic) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

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Scores, Results & Fixtures

Wednesday 18th March 2015

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