Dundee Utd 3 - 2 Celtic

League - Premier Division
Saturday, January 10th, 1987, 3:00 PM at Tannadice Park
Attendance: 19,020
Referee: Sandy Roy (Aberdeen)
Dundee Utd  Celtic

Iain Ferguson (7)
Kevin Gallacher (50)
Eamonn Bannon (76)
Brian McClair (53)
Brian McClair (60)

Team Managers
Jim McLean
David Hay

Starting Eleven
Billy Thomson
Dave Beaumont
Dave Narey
Maurice Malpas
Ian Redford
Jim McInally
Eamonn Bannon
Billy Kirkwood
Kevin Gallacher
Paul Sturrock
Iain Ferguson
Pat Bonner
Danny McGrain
Anton Rogan
Peter Grant
Derek Whyte
Willie McStay
Brian McClair
Paul McStay
Alan McInally
Murdo McLeod
Tony Shepherd

Gary McGinnis
Paul Kinnaird
Owen Archdeacon
Mark McGhee

Gary McGinnis for Paul Sturrock (60)
Paul Kinnaird for Kevin Gallacher (75)
Owen Archdeacon for Derek Whyte (73)
Mark McGhee for Alan McInally (75)

Ian Redford (9)
Jim McInally (90)
Brian McClair (80)
Paul McStay (85)

Red Cards
None. None.
Appearances & Goals To Date
Billy Thomson (GK) 91 apps -
Dave Beaumont 77 apps2 goals
Dave Narey 630 apps36 goals
Maurice Malpas 268 apps8 goals
Ian Redford 77 apps18 goals
Jim McInally 25 apps1 goal
Eamonn Bannon 377 apps101 goals
Billy Kirkwood 381 apps69 goals
Kevin Gallacher 55 apps10 goals
Paul Sturrock 525 apps163 goals
Iain Ferguson 26 apps17 goals
Gary McGinnis (sub) 50 apps1 goal
Paul Kinnaird (sub) 3 apps -

Starting Lineup
Youngest Player:Kevin Gallacher (20 years 53 days)
Oldest Player:Dave Narey (30 years 219 days)
Average Player Age:26 years 92 days
Domestic Players:11 (100.00 % of starting eleven)

Matchday Squad
Youngest Player:Kevin Gallacher (20 years 53 days)
Oldest Player:Dave Narey (30 years 219 days)
Average Player Age:25 years 202 days
Domestic Players:13 (100.00 % of matchday squad)

First Team Debuts

Gary McGinnis played his 50th major competitive game for the Club.
Kevin Gallacher reached 10 goals for the Club.

A great victory over Celtic helped United draw within three points of the League leaders in an exciting tussle which kept the crowd warm on a freezing cold day. The spoils didn't come our way easily despite the fact that we established a two goal lead immediately after the interval. A Paul Sturrock free-kick from the right was flicked on to an unmarked Iain Ferguson who hammered past Bonner. The remainder of the half produced little activity for either keeper with both defences on top.

The same cannot be said of the second half. Three minutes after the restart a long clearance by Billy Thomson was headed on by Iain Ferguson and Kevin Gallacher nipped in behind Willie McStay to knock the ball past Bonner. The Tangerine joy was curtailed two minutes later when a similar defensive error allowed Brian McClalr to pull a goal back. McClair then equalised eight minutes later with a volley when he found himself in space after the United defence failed to cut out a cross from the right. The succession of defensive errors continued when substitute Paul Kinnaird, with almost his first touch, sent over an inviting low cross which the Celtic defence ignored to let Eamonn Bannon in to sweep home the winner. A spirited surge by the visitors as they sought an equaliser was repelled thanks to two fine saves from Billy Thomson and a headed clearance by Maurice Malpas.


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