Scottish Premiership
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Celtic 3-0 Dundee United

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

Match ends, Celtic 3, Dundee United 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Celtic 3, Dundee United 0.

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

Corner, Celtic. Conceded by Paul Paton.

Booking

Scott Brown (Celtic) is shown the yellow card.

Foul by Scott Brown (Celtic).

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

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

Corner, Celtic. Conceded by Jaroslaw Fojut.

Foul by Scott Brown (Celtic).

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

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

Corner, Dundee United. Conceded by Virgil van Dijk.

Foul by Emilio Izaguirre (Celtic).

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

Corner, Celtic. Conceded by Paul Dixon.

Substitution

Substitution, Dundee United. Robbie Muirhead replaces Charlie Telfer.

Substitution

Substitution, Dundee United. Henri Anier replaces Blair Spittal.

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

Foul by Ryan Dow (Dundee United).

Substitution

Substitution, Celtic. Liam Henderson replaces Stuart Armstrong.

Booking

Nir Bitton (Celtic) is shown the yellow card.

Foul by Nir Bitton (Celtic).

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

Jaroslaw Fojut (Dundee United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Scott Brown (Celtic).

Substitution

Substitution, Celtic. Kris Commons replaces Gary Mackay-Steven.

Substitution

Substitution, Celtic. Stefan Scepovic replaces John Guidetti.

Attempt saved. Paul Dixon (Dundee United) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

Attempt missed. Stuart Armstrong (Celtic) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right.

Corner, Dundee United. Conceded by Craig Gordon.

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

Corner, Dundee United. Conceded by Efe Ambrose.

Corner, Dundee United. Conceded by Virgil van Dijk.

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

Attempt saved. John Rankin (Dundee United) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Corner, Celtic. Conceded by John Souttar.

Virgil van Dijk (Celtic) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Nadir Ciftci (Dundee United).

Attempt saved. Charlie Telfer (Dundee United) left footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Celtic28213459144566
2Aberdeen29194650272361
3Inverness CT29165842301253
4Dundee Utd28144104941846
5St Johnstone30135122730-344
6Hamilton31126134146-542
7Dundee29101094040040
8Kilmarnock30108123238-638
9Partick Thistle3097143936334
10Ross County3077163355-2228
11Motherwell3074192654-2825
12St Mirren3063212249-2721
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