Scottish Premiership
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Celtic 3-0 Dundee United

By Alasdair LamontBBC Scotland at Celtic Park
  • Celtic extend lead at top to 5 points
  • Gary Mackay-Steven scores against his old club
  • John Guidetti and Jason Denayer also score for Celtic

Celtic extended their lead at the top of the Premiership with a third successive win over Dundee United.

There was an air of formality about this one as soon as the former United star Gary Mackay-Steven had put his new club ahead.

John Guidetti and Jason Denayer added to the lead before the break.

Aberdeen's draw earlier in the day at Dundee means Celtic are now five points clear at the top and on this form a stick-on for the title.

The United manager Jackie McNamara admitted before the match he would be glad to see the back of Celtic and nothing he witnessed over the course of the afternoon would have given him cause to change that opinion.

Aside from highlighting an obvious inferiority to Celtic, the result extends United's winless streak to eight games, a run that will have to be arrested if they are to retain hopes of a top-three finish.

To rub further salt in United's wounds, Mackay-Steven was an influential figure, never more so than when he put his new club in front.

With time and space in the inside-right position, the winger collected the ball before firing an early strike through a crowd of bodies and low past the diving Radoslaw Cierzniak.

His lack of celebration would scarcely have eased the United fans' anguish and his hand in the second goal would've piqued it further.

Celtic's Gary Mackay-Steven was a pivotal figure against his old club.
Celtic's Gary Mackay-Steven was a pivotal figure against his old club.

He rolled the ball into the path of Guidetti whose shot from just outside the area took a deflection and looped over the goalkeeper.

Mackay-Steven was scythed to the ground by Paul Paton as United's frustration began to creep to the fore, but it was only increased as the resultant free kick by Stefan Johansen was met by Virgil van Dijk and though his shot was partially blocked, Denayer back-heeled past Cierzniak.

The visitors' attacking threat was virtually non-existent until well into the second half when Craig Gordon was at last brought into the action to tip over from Ryan Dow and gather a long-range drive from Paul Dixon.

Virgil van Dijk also had to show his defensive prowess to race back to deny Nadir Ciftci a shot on goal, but in truth the game had already been won by half-time.

There was no repeat of the nastiness that had been evident in the previous matches between the teams as United, instead, submitted meekly to the league leaders.

Line-ups

Celtic

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 26Gordon
  • 4Ambrose
  • 22Denayer
  • 5van Dijk
  • 3Izaguirre
  • 6BittonBooked at 74mins
  • 8BrownBooked at 86mins
  • 16Mackay-StevenSubstituted forCommonsat 70'minutes
  • 25Johansen
  • 14ArmstrongSubstituted forHendersonat 76'minutes
  • 9GuidettiSubstituted forScepovicat 70'minutes

Substitutes

  • 12Scepovic
  • 15Commons
  • 24Zaluska
  • 28Griffiths
  • 41Fisher
  • 49Forrest
  • 53Henderson

Dundee Utd

Formation 4-5-1

  • 1Cierzniak
  • 16McGowan
  • 4Souttar
  • 5Fojut
  • 3Dixon
  • 21TelferSubstituted forMuirheadat 78'minutes
  • 6PatonBooked at 45mins
  • 8Rankin
  • 20ButcherSubstituted forDowat 45'minutes
  • 24SpittalSubstituted forAnierat 78'minutes
  • 7Ciftci

Substitutes

  • 10Muirhead
  • 17Erskine
  • 18Dow
  • 22Connolly
  • 30Anier
  • 33Spark
  • 51Zwick
Referee:
Kevin Clancy
Attendance:
45,884

Match Stats

Home TeamCelticAway TeamDundee Utd
Possession
Home63%
Away37%
Shots
Home12
Away9
Shots on Target
Home5
Away4
Corners
Home7
Away5
Fouls
Home10
Away10

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Celtic 3, Dundee United 0.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Celtic 3, Dundee United 0.

  3. Post update

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

  4. Post update

    Corner, Celtic. Conceded by Paul Paton.

  5. Booking

    Scott Brown (Celtic) is shown the yellow card.

  6. Post update

    Foul by Scott Brown (Celtic).

  7. Post update

    Ryan Dow (Dundee United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  8. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Stefan Scepovic (Celtic) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

  9. Post update

    Corner, Celtic. Conceded by Jaroslaw Fojut.

  10. Post update

    Foul by Scott Brown (Celtic).

  11. Post update

    Ryan Dow (Dundee United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  12. Post update

    Attempt missed. Paul Paton (Dundee United) right footed shot from outside the box is too high.

  13. Post update

    Corner, Dundee United. Conceded by Virgil van Dijk.

  14. Post update

    Foul by Emilio Izaguirre (Celtic).

  15. Post update

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

  16. Post update

    Corner, Celtic. Conceded by Paul Dixon.

  17. Substitution

    Substitution, Dundee United. Robbie Muirhead replaces Charlie Telfer.

  18. Substitution

    Substitution, Dundee United. Henri Anier replaces Blair Spittal.

  19. Post update

    Stefan Scepovic (Celtic) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  20. Post update

    Foul by Ryan Dow (Dundee United).