Dundee United have been hit with a double injury blow ahead of tomorrow’s trip to Glasgow to take on Celtic with manager Thomas Courts confirming Charlie Mulgrew and Marc McNulty will miss out against Ange Postecoglou’s side.

Both players were forced off in the midweek defeat by Hibs in the Premier Sports Cup quarter-final at Tannadice and Courts admits it is frustrating to be without the experienced pair for the clash with Celtic, saying: “Charlie and Sparky are both influential players for us, so to lose both of them against Hibs was really frustrating.”

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Courts is excited to take his Dundee United side to Glasgow to face Celtic(Photo by Steve Welsh/Getty Images)

Courts excited to head to Celtic Park with Dundee United

Courts takes on Celtic for the first time since being appointed manager at Tannadice and the Dundee United boss sees similarities in the two teams, saying both sides are “on a journey.”

With a win over Rangers under his belt already, Courts could make it two from two against the Old Firm tomorrow and the rookie boss confessed that “everything’s exciting” as he prepares for his first trip to Celtic Park.

“Celtic are probably similar to us in that they’re a team on a journey,” Courts said.

“They’ve had a strong start to the season, they’ve recruited a number of players and, like us, they’ll have some steps forward on their journey and at times they might have a few steps backwards or sideways.

“But definitely a team on a journey right now – and doing quite well. It’s really exciting to be coming up against them.

“Personally, everything that I’m experiencing just now is a first – my first time going to Celtic Park, my first time facing Celtic, first time facing their manager, so everything’s exciting.”

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