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Tannadice was packed to welcome home both clubs after excellent results in Holland. Celtic, however, appeared set to break United's unbeaten run as they led 2-0 with just under quarter of an hour on the clock. Then Davie Dodds struck and Ralph Milne hammered home a great equaliser five minutes from time to secure a vital point.
Unfortunately these notes had to be penned prior to our mid-week trip to Holland but overall I was extremely satisfied with our two previous outings against St Mirren and Aberdeen. Even I couldn't have wished for two better performances in preparation for an extremely difficult tie. Our display at Pittodrie must have been emulated or improved upon, if we are to have made further progress in the UEFA Cup. I realise that if we have been unsuccessful in our mission, people may say Scottish football lags behind its European counterparts. I trust that even if we have failed, our display will have enhanced the reputation of Scottish football abroad. Our opponents this afternoon, Celtic, were also engaged on European business in Holland and I sincerely hope that both sides are still involved in their respective European competitions. The Parkhead side are an exceptionally talented team and this is a fixture that sells itself. The League's 'Mr Computer' couldn't have handed us a stiffer opening to the new season. Aberdeen (home). Rangers (away). St Mirren (home) and now Celtic at home complete an opening spell against the top Premier clubs, which couldn't possibly have been any harder. Bill McNeill's side have won the title for the past two seasons but in that period, we have eliminated them from both cup tourneys at the semi-final stage, thus proving we are able to match them on our day. Their record, however, proves that they have more good days than ourselves. I wouldn't like to insult any one of their side by pin-pointing an individual and without doubt they are the best side in Scotland. We too, are approaching their high standards, but as always, I am not completely happy with the depth of our squad up front. My efforts to strengthen that area have been frustrated especially with ready cash so tight. To do well in all competitions, you are completely dependant on the fringe players to freshen up the side. There is no better example of this than Celtic, who have had players of the calibre of George McCluskey, Danny Cairnie and even Charlie Nicholas on the bench. That alone gives clear evidence of the quality of this afternoon's opposition and the task that lies ahead for our own side.