Dundee United deserved less than nothing
Celtic triumphed in a completely one side match at Celtic Park which should hopefully add a little bit of confidence to Tony Mowbray’s side.
A young centre half-pairing of Rogne and Thompson coped with everything that United could muster with ease and deserve praise but tougher tests will inevitably await the pair.
As it turned out to be the only goal of the game, it is inevitable that focus will fall on Robbie Keane’s first league goal at Celtic Park. The Irishman had scored at Celtic Park before, for the Republic of Ireland against Celtic in Jackie McNamara’s testimonial but this was the first competitive strike at the ground for the striker.
It was the goal that Celtic have been threatening to score since Keane arrived with Diomansy Kamara laying a defence splitting pass through to the Irishman who cooly slotted the ball beyond Pernis to open the scoring. The striker then celebrated in his usual fashion in front of the main stand.
Keane, whilst not at his best, was constantly busy supporting team mates and getting the crowd on their feet. Keane also picked up a booking as referee Craig Thompson showed he was the big man by allowing Keane to be booted all around the park and then booking the player for finally voicing his displeasure at this treatment.
You won’t have to buy a drink this weekend Craig, good for you.
By the letter of the law, Keane was due a booking for his reaction but it appears that the letter of the law is a subjective matter in Scottish football. Far worse treatment gets dished out to refs by players on a weekly basis but you have to start somewhere!
If it was possible to take less than nothing from a match Dundee United deserved to but could have snatched a draw late on. However, this was due to the nervousness of Celtic holding a 1-0 lead as opposed to any extra effort or work from the Tangerines.
If Dundee United want to be in the mix again, they need a better and more inspiring man at the helm that Peter Houston.
Returning to Celtic though, it is all eyes on Ibrox for the 28th and if the hoops can grab all three points, well, it all gets a little interesting.
And yes, we know what they say about if your auntie had etc etc but it is one of the outcomes for next weekend.
Can Robbie Keane grab an Ibrox winner?