Dundee Utd 0 - 2 Celtic

League Cup - Semi Final
Tuesday, September 25th, 1990, 7:30 PM at Hampden Park
Attendance: 49,975
Referee: George Smith (Edinburgh)
Dundee Utd  Celtic

Goalscorers
None. Gerry Creaney (39)
Paul McStay (50)

Team Managers
Jim McLean
Billy McNeill

Starting Eleven
Billy Thomson
Maurice Malpas
Freddy van der Hoorn
Brian Welsh
Alex Cleland
Christian Dailly
Allan Preston
Jim McInally
Billy McKinlay
Ray McKinnon
Darren Jackson
Pat Bonner
Peter Grant
Anton Rogan
Stevie Fulton
Derek Whyte
Paul Elliot
Joe Miller
Paul McStay
Dariusz Dziekanowski
Gerry Creaney
John Collins

Substitutes
Dave Bowman
Mixu Paatelainen
Mike Galloway
Andy Walker

Substitutions
Mixu Paatelainen for Christian Dailly (60)
Mike Galloway for Stevie Fulton (87)
Andy Walker for Dariusz Dziekanowski (86)

Bookings
Brian Welsh (31)
Peter Grant (78)

Red Cards
None. None.
Appearances & Goals To Date
Billy Thomson (GK) 232 apps -
Maurice Malpas 450 apps14 goals
Freddy van der Hoorn 52 apps3 goals
Brian Welsh 18 apps2 goals
Alex Cleland 40 apps3 goals
Christian Dailly 8 apps3 goals
Allan Preston 28 apps1 goal
Jim McInally 193 apps10 goals
Billy McKinlay 88 apps3 goals
Ray McKinnon 18 apps1 goal
Darren Jackson 43 apps15 goals
Mixu Paatelainen (sub) 120 apps37 goals

Starting Lineup
Youngest Player:Christian Dailly (16 years 341 days)
Oldest Player:Billy Thomson (32 years 235 days)
Average Player Age:23 years 220 days
Domestic Players:10 (90.91 % of starting eleven)

Matchday Squad
Youngest Player:Christian Dailly (16 years 341 days)
Oldest Player:Billy Thomson (32 years 235 days)
Average Player Age:23 years 305 days
Domestic Players:11 (84.62 % of matchday squad)

First Team Debuts

Milestones

We came to Hampden undefeated and certainly opened in commanding fashion, dictating the early stages.

The first threat on either goal came after nine minutes when Allan Preston's free-kick was headed goalwards by Darren Jackson, but Bonner saved. Creaney saw a snap-shot whistle past the post and then had a goal chalked off as Celtic began to make their presence felt. In between our claims for a penalty after Billy McKinlay went tumbling in the box went unheeded. Five minutes from half-time Paul McStay swept the ball out to Joe Miller who sent over a measured cross and Gerry Creaney rose above Maurice Malpas to head powerfully past Billy Thomson.

Only five minutes of the second half had elapsed when Celtic got a killer second goal. Paul McStay picked up Allan Preston's acrobatic clearance drove into the box before thumping an angular drive into the far corner. Gradually we began to regain the initiative and created our best chance of the game midway through the second half. Darren Jackson worked his way into the box before releasing an angled cross to Ray McKinnon, but his header was too close to Bonner. A goal at that stage might just have changed the course of the match. Shortly afterwards skipper Maurice Malpas shot past and in the last ten minutes, as we kept plugging away, Jim McInally just failed to get a touch to a flick from Darren Jackson and then the United midfielder sent in a header which Bonner saved, but only at the second attempt. But by then the tie was lost and with it our undefeated record this season.



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