Dundee Utd 4 - 2 Celtic

League - Premier Division
Saturday, January 4th, 1986, 3:00 PM at Tannadice Park
Attendance: 16,668
Referee: Jim McCluskey (Stewarton)
Dundee Utd  Celtic

Davie Dodds (14)
Davie Dodds (17)
Eamonn Bannon (pen.) (32)
Kevin Gallacher (34)
Brian McClair (26)
Brian McClair (87)

Team Managers
Jim McLean
David Hay

Starting Eleven
Billy Thomson
Maurice Malpas
Dave Narey
Paul Hegarty
Richard Gough
John Holt
Eamonn Bannon
Billy Kirkwood
Kevin Gallacher
Davie Dodds
Paul Sturrock
Pat Bonner
Willie McStay
Danny McGrain
Roy Aitken
Ronnie Coyle
Peter Grant
Brian McClair
Paul McStay
Mark McGhee
Tommy Burns
Owen Archdeacon

Ralph Milne
Ian Redford
Alan McInally
Tom McAdam

Ian Redford for Billy Kirkwood (68)
Alan McInally for Owen Archdeacon (60)

None. Willie McStay (20)
Tommy Burns (34)
Ronnie Coyle (40)

Red Cards
None. None.
Appearances & Goals To Date
Billy Thomson (GK) 32 apps -
Maurice Malpas 213 apps8 goals
Dave Narey 581 apps36 goals
Paul Hegarty 542 apps72 goals
Richard Gough 234 apps32 goals
John Holt 349 apps23 goals
Eamonn Bannon 322 apps88 goals
Billy Kirkwood 374 apps69 goals
Kevin Gallacher 6 apps1 goal
Davie Dodds 352 apps144 goals
Paul Sturrock 475 apps152 goals
Ian Redford (sub) 25 apps6 goals

Starting Lineup
Youngest Player:Kevin Gallacher (19 years 47 days)
Oldest Player:Paul Hegarty (31 years 171 days)
Average Player Age:26 years 335 days
Domestic Players:11 (100.00 % of starting eleven)

Matchday Squad
Youngest Player:Kevin Gallacher (19 years 47 days)
Oldest Player:Paul Hegarty (31 years 171 days)
Average Player Age:26 years 239 days
Domestic Players:13 (100.00 % of matchday squad)

First Team Debuts

Kevin Gallacher scored his first goal for the Club.

We chalked up our third victory out of three over Celtic as a result of a devastating first half performance. Before the onslaught of goals, Pat Bonner was forced into diving at Davie Dodd's feet to block Davie's close-range shot. However, six minutes later, Davie did beat the Irish 'keeper. John Holt curled a pass up the left, over Danny McGrain to Paul Sturrock, who beat Coyle before crossing for Davie Dodds to gIance a header past Bonner. Three minutes later, Kevin Gallacher skipped past Coyle on the right to create the room for Paul Sturrock to again cross from the right to allow Davie Dodds to sweep in the second from six yards. Mark McGhee then created the goal that put Celtic back in with a chance. He shielded the ball on the right before manoeuvring to the bye-line and rifling in a low cross which Brian McClair chipped home. A penalty award which brought mass protestations from Celtic players brought our third goal. Paul Sturrock floated a free kick into the heart of the Celtic box, Willie McStay was judged to have fouled Davie Dodds, and Eamonn Bannon hammered in the spot-kick. Ten minutes later came the fourth. Paul Sturrock fed Maurice Malpas on the left, and he raced to the edge of the box and his low cross was knocked past the keeper by Kevin Gallacher at the far post.

Understandably, United failed to maintain that scoring momentum in the second half but substitute Ian Redford might well have made it five late on when he headed an Eamonn Bannon cross just past. Almost immediately, Celtic broke up field, and Alan Mclnally provided the pass for Brian McClair to tap in what was by then merely a consolation counter.


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