Celtic 4 - 0 Dundee Utd

Scottish Cup - Quarter Final Replay
Wednesday, March 18th, 2015, 7:45 PM at Celtic Park
Attendance: 28,847
Referee: Calum Murray
Celtic Dundee Utd

Goalscorers
Jason Denayer (17)
Leigh Griffiths (57)
Kris Commons (79)
Virgil van Dijk (90)
None.

Team Managers
Ronny Deila Jackie McNamara

Starting Eleven
Craig Gordon
Efe Ambrose
Jason Denayer
Virgil van Dijk
Emilio Izaguirre
Nir Biton
Scott Brown
James Forrest
Kris Commons
Anthony Stokes
Leigh Griffiths
Radoslaw Cierzniak
Ryan McGowan
Callum Morris
Jarosław Fojut
Blair Spittal
Calum Butcher
Paul Paton
John Rankin
Chris Erskine
Ryan Dow
Nadir Çiftçi

Bench
Łukasz Załuska
Darnell Fisher
Callum McGregor
Liam Henderson
Mubarak Wakaso
Stefan Šćepović
John Guidetti
Michal Szromnik
Euan Spark
John Souttar
Charlie Telfer
Scott Smith
Aidan Connolly
Henri Anier

Substitutions
John Guidetti for Leigh Griffiths (58)
Darnell Fisher for Efe Ambrose (72)
Liam Henderson for Kris Commons (80)
Henri Anier for Chris Erskine (70)
Charlie Telfer for Ryan Dow (70)
Aidan Connolly for Blair Spittal (74)

Bookings
Efe Ambrose (41)
Emilio Izaguirre (90)
John Guidetti (90)
Radoslaw Cierzniak (2)
Nadir Çiftçi (82)
John Rankin (90)

Red Cards
Anthony Stokes (87) Ryan McGowan (89)
Appearances & Goals To Date
Radoslaw Cierzniak (GK) 125 apps -
Ryan McGowan 9 apps1 goal
Callum Morris 24 apps2 goals
Jarosław Fojut 33 apps5 goals
Paul Paton 74 apps4 goals
John Rankin 157 apps10 goals
Chris Erskine 41 apps8 goals
Blair Spittal 21 apps1 goal
Calum Butcher 25 apps1 goal
Nadir Çiftçi 72 apps29 goals
Ryan Dow 90 apps11 goals
Charlie Telfer (sub) 17 apps4 goals
Aidan Connolly (sub) 17 apps2 goals
Henri Anier (sub) 10 apps1 goal

Starting Lineup
Youngest Player:Blair Spittal (19 years 94 days)
Oldest Player:Radoslaw Cierzniak (31 years 336 days)
Average Player Age:26 years 71 days
Domestic Players:4 (36.36 % of starting eleven)

Matchday Squad
Youngest Player:Euan Spark (18 years 113 days)
Oldest Player:Radoslaw Cierzniak (31 years 336 days)
Average Player Age:23 years 329 days
Domestic Players:9 (50.00 % of matchday squad)

First Team Debuts

Milestones

United made three changes to the side that lost out in the weekend Cup Final. Dillon, Bilate and Dixon all missed out. Ciftci returned, as did Erskine and Spittal. Rankin moved to left back to cover for Dixon who was suspended.

Incredibly, United could have had a man sent off after a minute when goalkeeper Cierzniak crashed into Griffiths just outside the penalty box. The 'keeper could consider himself lucky to receive only a yellow card. Celtic continued to press United back and Griffiths fired a Stokes' cross right at Cierzniak. That was to be a warning United did not heed. Soon after, Stokes' drifted in a dangerous free-kick and Belgian centre-back Jason Denayer looped home the header. It was one way traffic for most of the first half as Celtic dominated. Both James Forrest and Griffiths both had a number of opportunities. Then Celtic hit the woodwork when Forrest beat John Rankin on the wing and sent over a cross which Cierzniak palmed against the crossbar. While just one goal down, United were still in the cup tie and they almost did close to half time. McGowan's moved to the touchline and his cut back was parried by Gordon but United forward Nadir Ciftci had given up hope and lost his chance to equalise.

United were much more effective in the opening minutes of the second half than they were for the whole of the first half, with McGowan and Ciftci both creating problems. Just as they looked to be getting back into the game, Leigh Griffiths volleyed home after catching Scott Brown's long pass as it dropped over his head. Cierzniak tipped a Stokes shot round the post, but United could not hold out any longer and when Kris Commons played a one-two with John Guidetti, the midfileder was able to latch on to the return and stroke home. Stokes and McGowan both saw red within a few minutes of each other. Stokes for lashing out at Paton with an elbow, and the Australian for a heavy and late tackle on Liam Henderson. Virgil van Dijk combined with Denayer in the final minute to score a goal of his own and seal a easy victory for Celtic. United trooped of looked bereft of energy and confidence. The bad news for them is that they need to return to Celtic park in just a few days for a league match.

Assistant Manager's Comment:
“It's astonishing the number of sending offs. I think it's the current game. I've certainly been involved in a lot more robust games over the years than the three that we've watched. I've not seen the McGowan tackle at the end. I've had reports it's a good, strong tackle. I think the reaction of the Celtic players on the back of them just having a red card possibly influences the referee, but I'll need to see it again. I don't think the games have been dirty. There's been incidents in all three games. I don't think there's been six red cards in the three games."

Fan's Comment:
“So that is our season effectively over. It is clear that while United will always be a selling club, the January transfer window is not the time to do your selling. Although often inconsistent, losing two of our most influential midfield players (on their day) has left the Manager with a major headache in not only replacing their pace, skill and attacking flair but also the task of re-structuring the team and formation to suit what is left at the club. That re-structuring of team formation can be done in the close season, it can't be done in just a few days leading up to two of the most important games of our season. We may have lost a bit of money on the pair if we'd waited until the summer but at least it would have given us the time to re-organise around the sale and a better chance of collecting some silver this season.”

Match Photos courtesy of Riki Grauer - More photos available at:
Dundee United Official Flickr Page



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