Dundee United are currently going through a predicament results-wise with only one win in seven and another frustrating showing led to Celtic winning 3-0 in the lunchtime showing at Tannadice.

Joe Hart in the Celtic goal made an absolute mess of an early clearance, landing at the feet of Louis Appere but failed to capitalise and that was about as good as it got for Thomas Courts’ side.

Celtic would take the lead on 21 minutes, Tom Rogic doing brilliantly to skip through a sequence of challenges before dancing  into the box and finding a good angle to tuck the ball beyond Benjamin Siegrist from 12 yards.

Dundee United closed part of their ground due to Storm Arwen and, at times, it felt as if there was a hazard tape stretched out around Celtic’s half as rarely did the likes of Nicky Clark and Appere exploit the Celtic backline.

Former Motherwell midfielder David Turnbull made it 2-0 on 42 minutes, making up for an earlier miss as he lifted the ball over Siegrist and bundled home.


On the hour mark, Kyogo attempted to treble the advantage with Siegrist doing well to deny the Celtic talisman, Dundee United were still offering very little in the forward areas with a booking for sub Callum Butcher following a dangerous challenge on Turnbull adding to the frustration for Tam Courts’s side.

Dundee United finally tested Hart with Ilmari Niskanen plucking Siegrist’s cross-field pass out the sky before driving towards the heart of the Celtic defence, eventually laying off to Peter Pawlett who forced a full-palm save from Hart.

Celtic completed the game as a contest with 12 minutes to go when Nir Bitton switched to the path of Abada who cushioned into the path of Liam Scales who slotted the ball into the bottom right corner.

Here are 3 things we learned from the game as Celtic won in Tayside against Dundee United

Unusual United

This was a performance not known for a side of Dundee United’s calibre, the colossal figures of Charlie Mulgrew and Ryan Edwards were exposed against Kyogo, Rogic and Turnbull.

At the other end, it seemed like a hazard with the back-line of Celtic enjoying a quiet afternoon, United fans in the Eddie Thompson stand getting rather frustrated at times with patterns of play.

Upon reflection, a hugely disappointing afternoon for Tam Courts’s side.

Lack of organisation

Tam Courts is usually meticulous in his shape and also the awareness of his opponents, there was a lot of exploits in this case with the system implemented by Courts allowing a lot of joy in both flanks for Celtic despite the absence of Jota.

Understandably, a lot of firefighting has been conducted by the United boss in recent games due to the amount of games and various injuries, including a recent suspension to Butcher and it makes Livingston at home next weekend a massive one now for United.

What now?

As touched upon, United need a break in order to replicate their early season form, Tam Courts has already achieved some big results in his tenure as United boss including beating Rangers, drawing away at Celtic and winning the Dundee derby.

It’s not clicking for him right now and it needs to be rectified and fast.

Dundee United: Siegrist, Freeman, Edwards, Mulgrew, Sporle, Pawlett, Harkes, Fuchs, Niskanen, Appere, Clark
Subs, Butcher, Chalmers, Glass, Hoti, Smith, Watson, Carson.

Celtic: Hart, Juranovic, Carter-Vickers, Startfelt, Taylor, Rogic, McGregor, Turnbull, Forrest, Furuhashi, Johnston
Subs, Abada, Ajeti, Bitton, McCarthy, Montgomery, Scales, Bain

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