Dundee Utd 2 - 2 Celtic

League - Premier Division
Saturday, September 13th, 1986, 3:00 PM at Tannadice Park
Attendance: 20,181
Referee: Don McVicar (Carluke)
Dundee Utd  Celtic

Iain Ferguson (64)
Kevin Gallacher (85)
Brian McClair (3)
Paul McStay (24)

Team Managers
Jim McLean
David Hay

Starting Eleven
Billy Thomson
Dave Beaumont
Dave Narey
Maurice Malpas
Paul Hegarty
Gary McGinnis
Eamonn Bannon
Ian Redford
Kevin Gallacher
Paul Sturrock
Iain Ferguson
Pat Bonner
Willie McStay
Derek Whyte
Roy Aitken
Paul McGugan
Peter Grant
Brian McClair
Paul McStay
Maurice Johnston
Murdo McLeod
Tony Shepherd

Ralph Milne
Dave Bowman
Owen Archdeacon
Alan McInally

Ralph Milne for Ian Redford (44)
Dave Bowman for Iain Ferguson (76)
Alan McInally for Tony Shepherd (64)

Maurice Malpas (33)
Gary McGinnis (60)
Roy Aitken (15)
Paul McStay (43)
Derek Whyte (75)
Paul McGugan (84)

Red Cards
None. None.
Appearances & Goals To Date
Billy Thomson (GK) 63 apps -
Dave Beaumont 53 apps2 goals
Dave Narey 612 apps36 goals
Maurice Malpas 244 apps8 goals
Paul Hegarty 573 apps75 goals
Gary McGinnis 32 apps1 goal
Eamonn Bannon 352 apps96 goals
Ian Redford 53 apps12 goals
Kevin Gallacher 32 apps9 goals
Paul Sturrock 503 apps157 goals
Iain Ferguson 5 apps6 goals
Ralph Milne (sub) 270 apps74 goals
Dave Bowman (sub) 8 apps -

Starting Lineup
Youngest Player:Kevin Gallacher (19 years 299 days)
Oldest Player:Paul Hegarty (32 years 58 days)
Average Player Age:26 years 120 days
Domestic Players:11 (100.00 % of starting eleven)

Matchday Squad
Youngest Player:Kevin Gallacher (19 years 299 days)
Oldest Player:Paul Hegarty (32 years 58 days)
Average Player Age:25 years 351 days
Domestic Players:13 (100.00 % of matchday squad)

First Team Debuts


A tale of two halves, a cliche that may be, but it perfectly describes yet another compelling fixture between the two rivals. Celtic got off to the perfect start thanks to an early strike by Brian McClair. A corner was headed clear but only to McGugan who headed down and McClair hooked the ball past Billy Thomson. An uncharacteristic mistake by Paul Hegarty gave Celtic a two goal lead. Maurice Johnston sent in a low cross from the right, the ball went through the United skippers legs and the incoming Paul McStay swept the ball into the far corner.

At the start of the second half Dave Beaumont was in midfield and Gary McGinnis at left-back and we gradually began to take the initiative from Celtic. Bonner denied Paul Sturrock but we got back in the game when Ralph Milne hammered in a low cross after his shot had been blocked and Iain Ferguson crashed in his 50th League goal. The pressure on the Celtic goal was stepped up and Paul Sturrock went very close after being superbly put clear by Eamonn Bannon. An equaliser looked more and more likely and it came with five minutes left. Ralph Milne in the clear had his shot blocked by Bonner, Eamonn Bannon's return header was cleared on the line but Kevin Gallacher was on the spot to drive home a deserved equaliser.


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