Charlie Mulgrew outlines what he's planning to do against Celtic tomorrow

By David Walton

May 10, 2022

Former Celtic defender Charle Mulgrew has stated that he’s planning to ensure his side gets on the ball a lot more than they managed at Ibrox in Sunday’s 2-0 defeat.

United will face the Hoops at Tannadice tomorrow night with Celtic only needing a point to secure the title. Ange Postecoglou’s side will arrive in the City of Discovery red hot with confidence and looking to dominate from the first whistle.

United, meanwhile, were dreadful in their Ibrox defeat. They only conjured up 3 shots on goal and ended the game with just 27% possession [BBC]. No surprises then that they didn’t lay a glove on our rivals.

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And Mulgrew has admitted that his goal will be to ensure his side has more of a foothold as he looks to give United’s young attackers a platform to showcase their talents.

As quoted by the Glasgow Times, Mulgrew said: “There are some real good players. Archie Meekison’s a good player and somebody who has great game knowledge and is good to play alongside. Young Dylan Levitt has come in on loan from Man United is also a really good player, good footballer

“I’ll help them as much as I can [United youngsters]. I’m probably a bit disappointed we didn’t get more of the ball to show their qualities against Rangers at Ibrox on Sunday. Hopefully we can do that against Celtic.

“We just didn’t do enough in possession [vs Rangers]. We’ll go back and look at it and try to improve. We move on to Celtic at home and we’ll try to pick up points from that game. Totally different game, totally different occasion, totally different way of playing. So we’re going to need to be ready to step up and hopefully get a result.”

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Dundee United have failed to make an impression on Celtic at Tannadice

Looking at the possession stats for both of our games at Tannadice this season, it’s clear that United have struggled to get on the front foot against the Hoops this season.

In our 3-0 league victory back in December, the Arabs only managed 29% possession [BBC]. That improved in March’s Scottish Cup victory at the same ground as it bolstered up to 40%, but even then, they still only managed 3 shots and 0 on target [BBC].

Not to mention that United may very well look to prioritise what will likely be a must-win game against Ross County on Saturday. The chances of them operating at the same intensity level as Celtic appears optimistic if you’re being generous.

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United have only scored one goal against Celtic this season and it came all the way back in September at Parkhead. They’ve barely proven to be a goal threat, and it’ll be Mulgrew’s job to ensure he’s breaking up play and giving thei young flair players a platform to get on the ball.

Not an enviable task, that’s for sure. Not when you take into consideration just how much Celtic want to get the job done tomorrow night and secure the league championship officially.

We’ll see what United turn up with, but it’s going to need to be a huge improvement from Sunday if they’re to compete with Ange’s side.

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