if this was your first time at celtic park, you would be very surprised at the poor attendance. it wasn't that the arabs fans didn't bother turning up, but that something was distracting the hoops fans from coming to celtic park. maybe they are bored of watching them win week in, week out and have gone christmas shopping instead or is it that celtic aren't as exciting as they used to be and are bored of them gatting a goal and just holding on that they find frustrating, think about it as if you are a irish celtic season book holder, would you really want to pay your £435 price for a season ticket, and then the price of the plane to scotland? or would you rather just leave it?
not many people from ireland would want your ticket because of how much it will cost just to get there on a plant just to see them against bottom of the league, dundee united. they'd rather see them against rangers or hearts or in the champion's league.
dundee united had a point to prove ahead of their game and were searching for their first victory away from home so they were concentrating everything on attack and the terrors forced themselves a corner early on in the first half but it was soon celtic who were causing problems at the other end mcgeady's dangerous corners were causing problems in united's defence.
there was soon more threats from the hoops as sutton's flick set up stilian petrov for a powerful shot, which terrors keeper, tony bullock managed to parry wide.
petrov went even closer a minute later. sutton's smart pass set up a left- footed shot in the box that beat bullock, but united wing-back, mark wilson was on the line to clear away the shot.
celtic were caught cold and the visitors number 7, mark kerr passed through to wilson and the wing-back ran past celtic defender, joos valgaeren before playing the ball back to jim mcintyre, who was too slow and was crowded by other players to stop the tangerine's attack.
showboater, mcgeady went close with a first time shot before hitman, john hartson was fouled by chris innes just outside the box. alan thompson's free-kick was deflected for a corner and celtic's pressure paid off from thompson's quickly taken corner, chris sutton timed his run to perfection and headed into the top corner on 18 minutes.
moments later, tough defender dianbobo balde's tough header parried above the bar by the keeper.
celtic fan, mark kerr's well timed cross was narrowly missed by trinidad, colin samuel.
there was a rare appearance of juninho just before half-time after alan thompson suffered an injury which brought a little magic to the celtic team especially when the brazilian helped out with the talented irish prospect, mcgeady.
on the stroke of half-time a wilson free-kick found innes at the back but hedman smothered the header wide.
jason scotland who had just came on after the break released a pass to kerr into the box but hedman was quick and accurate to save from kerr's feet.
a great dummy from juninho's pass by sutton was there for hartson who went down in the box for a debatable penalty claim which was dismissed by referee, richmond.
stanislav varga delivered a great pass from 40 yards away to put sutton through on goal but his shot just skimmed the bar.
petrov's well taken free-kick was kept out, well by bullock.
the away team had a claim for a penalty in stoppage time. wilson's free-kick clearly seemed to be handled by hartson in front of sub, billy dodds but richmond had ,luckily for celtic, already blown the whistle for a free-kick against chris innes, which meant the final result was a 1-0 win to celtic.
CELTIC 1-0 DUNDEE UNITED
by connor (yorkshire tim)