Dundee United boss Tam Courts was left frustrated by his side’s poor attacking play in yesterday’s late defeat by Celtic – insisting they deserved to head back up the A9 with a point.

A Liel Abada goal in injury-time sealed the win for Celtic and moved them to within two points of Rangers at the top of the Scottish Premiership.

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Courts was “bitterly disappointed” to concede the winning goal in injury-time but felt his side had posed more problems to Celtic last time the sides met in Glasgow.

The Terrors put in a dogged defensive display with Benji Siegrist making an incredible save to deny Giorgos Giakoumakis a goal.

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“I think we were probably worthy of a point in terms of executing a game plan really well,” Courts said.

“Celtic had a lot of control, crosses and attempts at goal. But we were comfortable in our shape.

“So I’m bitterly disappointed that we’ve lost it so late.

“My frustration is that we didn’t sustain enough attacks and cause Celtic problems.

“We caused them more problems at Parkhead earlier in the season.

“But in terms of endeavour and what we put in, we merited a point.”

Next up is a Dundee derby with eleven points currently separating the Arabs and their city rivals – with Courts’ side hoping to extend that to 14 and keep up their push for European football next season.

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