Celtic 2 - 0 Dundee Utd

League - SPL
Sunday, May 21st, 2000, 3:00 PM at Celtic Park
Attendance: 47,586
Referee: Kenny Clark
Celtic Dundee Utd

Goalscorers
Simon Lynch (52)
Mark Burchill (65)
None.

Team Managers
Kenny Dalglish Paul Sturrock

Starting Eleven
Jonathan Gould
Jim Goodwin
Johan Mjällby
John Kennedy
Paul Lambert
Brian McColligan
Mark Fotheringham
Ryan McCann
Eyal Berkovic
Simon Lynch
Mark Burchill
Alan Combe
Maurice Malpas
Tony Smith
Jason De Vos
John McQuillan
Hugh Davidson
Jan Telesnikov
David Hannah
Stephen McConalogue
Jim Hamilton
Alex Mathie

Bench
Stewart Kerr
Paul Shields
Henrik Larsson
Liam Miller
John Convery
Paul Gallacher
Scott McCulloch
Craig Easton
Steven Thompson
Joaquim Ferraz

Substitutions
Henrik Larsson for Eyal Berkovic (65)
John Convery for Jim Goodwin (76)
Liam Miller for Ryan McCann (77)
Steven Thompson for Jim Hamilton (62)
Scott McCulloch for Stephen McConalogue (62)
Craig Easton for Hugh Davidson (77)

Bookings
None. Alan Combe (43)

Red Cards
None. None.
Appearances & Goals To Date
Alan Combe (GK) 53 apps -
Maurice Malpas 830 apps26 goals
Tony Smith 9 apps -
Jason De Vos 71 apps2 goals
John McQuillan 12 apps -
Hugh Davidson 29 apps1 goal
Jan Telesnikov 30 apps4 goals
David Hannah 133 apps21 goals
Stephen McConalogue 19 apps -
Jim Hamilton 16 apps4 goals
Alex Mathie 45 apps6 goals
Scott McCulloch (sub) 25 apps -
Craig Easton (sub) 112 apps5 goals
Steven Thompson (sub) 66 apps9 goals

Starting Lineup
Youngest Player:Stephen McConalogue (18 years 344 days)
Oldest Player:Maurice Malpas (37 years 301 days)
Average Player Age:26 years 318 days
Domestic Players:9 (81.82 % of starting eleven)

Matchday Squad
Youngest Player:Stephen McConalogue (18 years 344 days)
Oldest Player:Maurice Malpas (37 years 301 days)
Average Player Age:25 years 222 days
Domestic Players:13 (81.25 % of matchday squad)

First Team Debuts

Milestones

It was a very strange looking Celtic line-up which faced United for the final match of the season. No less than six of the home side were in the Hoops' starting line-up for the very first time and their exuberance was the telling factor as a hugely disappointing second half of the season finished in like fashion. After a quiet opening ten minutes, Stephen McConalogue was first to threaten with an angled drive which Gould turned round his near-post. Alan Combe emulated this five minutes later to deny Lynch. There was an even better chance for Celtic three minutes later when Burchill broke through, but the Scotland striker shot into the side-netting. On the half-hour mark, Alan Combe pulled off yet another of the saves which have made him Tannadice's Player of the Season by not only saving, but, albeit it at the second attempt, holding onto Burchill's diagonal drive. Best chance of the opening half undoubtedly fell to United when David Hannah picked out Atex Mathie in space, but the striker could do no better than shoot straight at Goutd when Stephen McConatogue was better-placed. If the Tangerines spurned that chance, then Celtic passed up an even better opportunity of grabbing a half-time lead when Alan Combe was harshly adjudged to have brought down Burchill. Justice was served when Alan Combe saved Berkovie's softly-struck spot-kick! There was. however, no such salvation seven minutes into the second half! A free-kick into the box felt to Simon Lynch and the youngster finished clinically from twelve yards. Ten minutes later and a well worked move on the right saw Alex Mathie whip in a cross which Stephen McConalogue knocked narrowly past, but that was effectively the last seen of United as an attacking force, Celtic got a second two minutes later when Berkovic played McCann in on the
left and although Alan Combe deflected the youngster's low drive, Burchill was on hand to drive the ball into the far corner from close range. With Henrik Larsson making his return from injury, Celtic dominated the last quarter of the match and but for a post coming to the rescue to keep out a Burchill shot and Tony Smith, within seconds, twice making goalline clearances from Lynch and Larsson, the final score could have been a great deal worse. So it was with relief that everyone of Tannadice affiliations greeted the final whistle to end a frustrating campaign.



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