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Summary

  1. Get involved #bbcscotfootball
  2. Leaders Celtic lose their unbeaten run
  3. United move up to second

Live Reporting

By Clive Lindsay

All times stated are UK

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There were are - another exciting weekend of Scottish Premiership football ends with Dundee United keeping the title race still alive, at least in theory. Their win at Tannadice prevents Celtic from extending the lead at the top beyond four points and it is United, along with Aberdeen, who head the chasing pack.

Celtic manager Ronny Deila on BBC Radio Scotland

"We weren't effective enough today. We had plenty of chances and gave away very stupid goals.

"It is not just about individuals, it is about defending as a team.

"We have not been effective enough in last three or four games.

"We had energy, controlled the game and played quite well in the first half.

"It is just about putting the ball in the net and that's the most important thing in football."

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Pete: "Shocking offside against Celtic. We need video refereeing." That would certainly help, as was shown with that controversy over whether St Mirren should have had a goal yesterday.

Anonymous: "Bet Delia wished he had introduced Griffiths earlier, oh dear"

Anonymous: "Who cares Celtic got a goal disallowed. They got two goals at Pittodrie they shouldn't have."

Dundee United manager Jackie McNamara on BBC Radio Scotland

"I am delighted with effort and commitment.

"They were absolutely knackered at the end, which is understandable when you are playing a team that can bring on the likes of a £3m striker in Scepovic and Griffiths, who knocked in 30 goals last year.

"It was a bit nervous at the end when Griffiths got that goal.

"You can see not just from his goal that, when Ciftci is on things properly, he is a handful.

"I thought he was excellent along with everybody, especially after last week against Aberdeen, when we were disjointed."

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William McCafferty: "Big smiles in California at 6am from this ex-pat United fan at the game!"

tom and 20 others: "Seriously, Griffiths is an exceptional talent. He deserves much more recognition than he gets from Deila." Many would agree with you there.

Leigh Griffiths celebrates his goal for Celtic
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Leigh Griffiths' late strike for Celtic was not enough to peg back the home side at Tannadice.

BBC Radio Scotland pundit Murdo MacLeod

"As we have seen this season in Europe, Celtic's back four don't operate as a unit. I don't think Van Dijk helps anyone. Van Dijk plays for Van Dijk."

That victory for United ensures that the Scottish Premiership title race has not become a procession - so far. With Inverness Caledonian Thistle having faltered in recent weeks, it is now United and Aberdeen who are mounting the challenge four points behind reigning champions Celtic.

BBC Radio Scotland pundit Willie Miller

"United have created maybe four opportunities and take two of them. You have to give them huge credit for their defensive qualities and Celtic did not have nearly as many opportunities in the second half as they did in the first."

Stuart Armstrong (left) celebrates his goal
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Stuart Armstrong (left) scored United's second goal and was set up by Nadir Ciftci (centre), scorer of the opener

Dundee United move into second place with that victory, ahead of Aberdeen on goal difference.

That ends Celtic's run of 10 straight domestic victories, eight in the Scottish Premiership.

FULL-TIME

Dundee United 2-1 Celtic

United secure their first win over Celtic for two and a half years.

HITS THE WOODWORK

Oh so close to an equaliser as Leigh Griffiths picks up the ball and cleverly makes room for himself before driving the ball low from 22 yards off the face of a post.

Almost the end of 90 minutes. How much stoppage time do United have to survive? Can they do so or will Celtic deliver their traditional late goal?

GOAL

Dundee United 2-1 Celtic (Leigh Griffiths)

Poacher extraordinaire Leigh Griffiths pounces to drive the ball low under goalkeeper Radosław Cierzniak as the striker is found in space in front of the United goal by Kris Commons.

Virgil van Dijk has been in excellent scoring form for Celtic in recent weeks, but the Dutch defender squanders a great chance with a casual header wide as he meets a Kris Commons free-kick aimed to the back post.

So close to a third United goal as Chris Erskine heads on a corner aimed to the front post and Emilio Izaguirre chests the ball off the line at the far upright.

DISALLOWED GOAL

Luck is not on Celtic's side again as Emilio Izaguirre chests the ball into the path of Stefan Scepovic. The Serb striker passes the ball into the net but is flagged offside. TV replays show that Blair Spittal was playing the Celtic substitute onside.

Leigh Griffiths didn't take long to make his mark.... with a booking for a shove on United's Blair Spittal.

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Alasdair Mackenzie: So, @dundeeunitedfc beating @celticfc 2-0. whisper it, but maybe this might actually be a competitive #SPL season?" SPFL Premiership you mean ;-) I am sure most neutrals would agree with you.

United switch off at a corner and John Rankin recovers to make a vital block as Nir Bitton is the man to make way for Leigh Griffiths.

Talking of that man Leigh Griffiths, he is about to enter the fray as a substitute as Celtic manager Ronny Deila prepares for his last roll of the dice.

A mix-up in the United defence almost leads to an own goal. Sean Dillon intercepts a through ball, but the defender's attempt at a pass back is poor and he is lucky to see it deflect off the shin of Radosław Cierzniak. The goalkeeper knew little about that.

Kris Commons bursts into life but drills the ball straight at United goalkeeper Radosław Cierzniak. Celtic are still pushing forward, but they are looking a bit desperate now.

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tom and 20 others: "From a Hibs point of view, would like to see Griffiths remain pensive & brooding on the bench." No sign that the Celtic manager is going to turn to the former Hibs striker as yet. Your hopes of a loan return may be improving.

Former Celtic midfielder Murdo MacLeod on BBC Radio Scotland

"That will give Stuart Armstrong a massive boost as I think his confidence is down and he's not been playing as well as last season."

GOAL

Dundee United 2-0 Celtic (Stuart Armstrong)

Nadir Ciftci is the man of the moment for United. The striker shows great strength and worm his way past Emilio Izaguirre on the touchline and spots Stuart Armstrong at the back post. His lovely dinked cross finds the midfielder, whose header bounces off the body of goalkeeper Craig Gordon and into the net off the inside of the post.

Celtic defender Virgil van Dijk rises to meet a corner and his downward header bounces off the turf and over the crossbar.

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Andrew Smith: "From an Aberdeen view, would like a draw between Celtic V Utd."

It is a double change for Celtic, John Guidetti and Anthony Stokes being hauled off and Stefan Scepovic and Kris Commons are their replacements.

Celtic are about to bring on forgotten man Kris Commons as they look for a bit more creativity.

Anthony Stokes heads a couple of feet over the United crossbar from a wonderful whipped cross from Emilio Izaguirre.

That's a bit more like reality. The stats for possession are now 33% for United.

United almost strike on the break, but a fine sliding tackle from Emilio Izaguirre takes the ball away from Blair Spittal as the teenager appeared to be put clear in front of goal.

HITS THE WOODWORK

So close for Celtic again as Anthony Stokes' cross deflects off Sean Dillon's head, loops over goalkeeper Radosław Cierzniak, strikes the face of the far post and James Forrest lashes a shot wide.

Poor defending by Efe Ambrose - where have we heard that before in recent weeks? - as the Celtic defender is dispossessed by Nadir Ciftci and the Turkish striker forces goalkeeper Craig Gordon to bat the ball wide at the near post with a powerful drive.

KICK-OFF

Celtic get the second half underway. Will the half-time team talks of Jackie McNamara and Ronny Deila make any difference. The United boss will be telling his side that they must give their defence some relief while Celtic will have been told to keep going and take their chances.

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