Dundee United man blasts Willie Collum ahead of Celtic Park visit; talks up Postecoglou outfit

By John McGinley

September 25, 2021

Dundee United defender Mark Reynolds insists Celtic still carry lots of danger despite flying under the radar this season.

The Bhoys sit in sixth position in the Scottish Premiership after three wins and three losses at the start of the campaign, one point below United.

Reynolds is due to replace Charlie Mulgrew in the United defence after coming on as his substitute in the League Cup mid-week. And he is relishing the chance to play Celtic despite the undoubted challenge ahead for the Terrors.

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Speaking to The Dundee Courier this week, he said: “These are the games you do want to play in. When we were in the Championship that’s what we spoke about, playing Rangers at Ibrox, Celtic at Parkhead, going to Hearts and Hibs.

“Celtic have almost gone under the radar a wee bit, which is a strange thing to say. It’s like there’s still a bit of negativity around them from last year.

“They’re still a good side, they’re good going forward, they’re always dangerous. But we have gone into every game this season with a game plan and we feel if we commit to it then we can win the game.”

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But it’s not all happy days for Reynolds, who had some stern criticism of the Willie Collum decision that resulted in a penalty given against him against Hibs through the week.

He didn’t hold back, telling the paper: “You can take not turning up or not taking your chances but when it’s outwith your control it’s hard to take. If you go after referees and say this and that you get hauled up for it. But with the penalty, I don’t know how he gambles or what he sees.

“I spoke to him on the pitch and he was convinced it was a penalty. I was telling him it wasn’t. It’s disappointing that happens and you are left to pick up the pieces. I know referees are human, but it doesn’t make it any easier to take.

“But you know what football is like, there were only a few thousand at the game, it was on Premier Sports. People will be looking at it and see I’ve given away a penalty and they’ll be thinking he’s been out the game for four or five weeks, he’s had a stinker. That’s from a guy’s mistake I have no control over.”

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Kevin Clancy is the man in the middle tomorrow, so there is no Collum at least. Frank Connor and Craig Ferguson will be his assistants, while Steven McLean will serve as the fourth official.

It’s always interesting when an opponent speaks out against referees ahead of a Celtic match, but let’s hope there is no controversy tomorrow that ruins the Scottish Premiership clash.

With Bobby Madden apparently having a shocker at Dens Park today, nothing can be discounted.

In other news, Impressive Hibernian announcement shows what is possible for Celtic.