Celtic's stellar record against Dundee United should ignite Hoops with confidence
What do you think of when you imagine a game between Celtic and Dundee United?
Historically, there have been all kinds of results. In 1996, goals from Pierre van Hooijdonk and Andy Thom completed an outrageous comeback at a half-built Paradise. We battered them in Ronny Deila’s first league game, back in 2014. More recently, they held us right until the last, when Liel Abada secured a memorable win at Celtic Park, sending the fans into absolute raptures.
Despite their brief stint in the Championship, Dundee United are part of the furniture, a great away day for Celtic supporters, and a typically tough test.
However, we’ve had the better of our clashes with the Terriers, establishing a fantastic record since that Ronny Deila-inspired win in 2014.
Going into Monday, our record since then is 14 meetings, 10 wins and 4 draws, with 34 goals scored over that time. That’s an average of 2.4 goals in our favour per match, and there’s no reason not to expect plenty of action on Monday.
Thomas Courts’ side have had a strange sort of season. Given the make-up of the Scottish Premiership table, it’s genuinely hard to assess them. Four Premiership sides sit on 36 points, including Dundee United, while Livingston and Hibs edge ahead with 37 [Sky Sports].
Dundee United, though, have taken points off both Celtic and Rangers this season. The Terriers have beaten Rangers, and drawn with them, losing just 1 of 3 encounters. With Celtic, of course, Dundee United haven’t had their day, but a 1-1 draw was a more than creditable result for Courts and co.
They say form goes out the window when it’s a Cup tie, but when Celtic face Dundee United in the Scottish Cup on Monday, recent history is very much in our favour.
Celtic have the strong form against Dundee United, but Monday is a real test
The advantage that Dundee United have this time, though? The Shed. Tannadice will undoubtedly be raucous for the visit of the Bhoys.
We saw against Livingston on Sunday that some teams are willing to have 2, even 3 stands of Celtic supporters in attendance. That’s not the case against Thomas Courts’ side on Monday. An evening kick-off should lend itself well the atmosphere for this oddly scheduled Scottish Cup bout.
For Celtic, though, it’s not just about form against Dundee United. It’s form in general. Since the start of 2022, Celtic have dropped just 2 points. It’s the kind of phenomenal post-Christmas form we were all hoping for. In the cup, the Hoops got past Raith Rovers with relative comfort, too.
All the signs point to Celtic doing the job on Monday. But again, it won’t be easy.
Thomas Courts has already said that his side commanded the respect of Celtic from their last encounters. That’s undoubtedly the case; in both games at Parkhead, they were very decent.
Dundee United will be hoping to overturn a serious hoodoo against Celtic. The Hoops, meanwhile, know that history in this tie is very much on our side.