Dundee United manager Micky Mellon was surprised that his players seemed to lack belief when they took on Celtic on Wednesday.

The Tannadice side lost 3-0, as their wait for a win at Celtic Park continues. They haven’t won there since 1992. Mellon’s side did have some great chances in the second-half. Nicky Clark and Marc McNulty failing to hit the target. However, that didn’t stop Mellon expressing disappointment with how his side performed.

“That surprised me”

“I was disappointed about the belief in the first half. That surprised me. I think we could have shown more” he said.

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Dundee United in action at Celtic Park (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

Mellon was also a tad annoyed that United didn’t get a penalty in the first-half when it seemed that Celtic defender Christopher Jullien committed handball.

“My gut instinct right away was that it was a handball. You saw the reaction of all the players at the same time. They believed the same as me. I was certainly surprised it never went our way” he concluded.

The good thing for Mellon and Dundee United though is that they don’t have long to dwell on the disappointment of the loss to Celtic.

In action in just over 48 hours

United are in action in just over 48 hours time, when they take on Aberdeen at Pittodrie. That will be another tough game for Mellon’s side, as they bid to start 2021 with a positive result.

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Dundee United Manager Micky Mellon will be hoping for a better result against Aberdeen on Saturday (Photo by Alan Harvey/SNS Group via Getty Images)

However, should they create the chances they did at Celtic Park, and take them this time, then United are capable of getting a positive result in the game in the match that is sometimes known as the New Firm derby.

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