Celtic are similar to us, says Dundee United boss Tam Courts

By Euan Davidson

September 25, 2021

Ahead of arriving at Celtic Park tomorrow, Dundee United boss Tam Courts says there are striking similarities between the sides.

Celtic face the Tangerines tomorrow afternoon, needing a big win to gain some momentum in the Scottish Premiership. With stellar home form, but difficulties on the road, the Bhoys can build some much-needed confidence before the visit of Bayer Leverkusen. After, some tough away fixtures await.

Dundee United though, are no mugs, despite going through their own period of flux. With the shock departure of Micky Mellon in the summer, Tam Courts arrived in the dugout with a more holistic, attacking approach.

Not only that, he’s drafted in a fair few players. Not least ex-Celtic man Charlie Mulgrew. Unfortunately, the former Bhoys defender will likely have to sit this one out, having picked up a knock against Hibs this week.

Courts, speaking ahead of his first visit to Celtic Park as a manager, noted the similarities between the teams.

He said [The Courier]:

“Celtic are probably similar to us in that they’re a team on a journey.

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“They’ve had a strong start to the season, they’ve recruited a number of players and, like us, they’ll have some steps forward on their journey and at times they might have a few steps backwards or sideways.

“But definitely a team on a journey right now – and doing quite well. It’s really exciting to be coming up against them.”

Are Celtic and Dundee United really similar?

It’d be arrogant to laugh off the suggestions made by Tam Courts. In a sense, he’s right; both teams have brought in, and lost, some big-name players. Both teams have new managers, with exciting outlooks on football.

And both have picked up important results at home. The Tannadice side beat Rangers early in the season, and more recently, beat their arch-rivals Dundee.

Celtic and Dundee United, though, have been blighted by inconsistency. As such, Courts and Postecoglou will hoping to put things right for their respective sides.

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There’s also the injury factor. Postecoglou has a raft of key players missing, currently. As does Courts, who could be without not just Mulgrew, but Marc McNulty, for United’s visit to Celtic Park.

Fine, the clubs work on vastly different budgets, and Celtic can bring in international talents to fill out the squad.

But both teams are figuring themselves out after huge changes, and both need a win to keep up some impetus.

It should be an absolute cracker.

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