Dundee United could end up without 3 of their best players for Celtic tie

By David Walton

March 9, 2022

Dundee United could end up without 3 of their best players for Monday night’s clash against Celtic at Tannadice in the Scottish Cup.

The Terrors are still to provide an update on whether captain Ryan Edwards will be fit to play after suffering a broken nose against Hearts [The Courier]. However, they were still suffering from a couple of other big injury blows heading into that game against the Jambos.

Both Tony Watt and Dylan Levitt both missed the game via injury problems as well. Former Celtic striker Watt came off against Livingston and wasn’t deemed fit enough for the Hearts clash. On-loan Manchester United talent Levitt, meanwhile, has missed United’s last 2 matches with a hamstring complaint.

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The Courier reported last week that both men are locked in a race against time to be fit for Monday night’s cup clash. That’s despite the fact United boss Tam Courts has been pushing positive news on Levitt in particular over the last week.

Celtic will likely go into Monday’s game without David Turnbull and Kyogo Furuhashi respectively. Granted, we now have a settled XI without the dup and have won 12 of our 13 domestic games since returning from the winter break.

And regardless of whether all 3 of United’s stars make it or don’t, Ange Postecoglou will have plenty of confidence in his own men to see the job through.

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Dundee United looking to provide Celtic with another stiff test

There’s no denying that United have had a habit of making life difficult for us this season. In our first meeting back in September, they took a 1-1 draw from Celtic Park. When they returned in January, it took us until the last minute to break them down as Courts set up to defend for his life.

However, we can’t forget just how impressive we were at Tannadice back in December. Celtic were in scintillating form as they swept United aside in convincing fashion. It was 3-0 going on 5 or 6 in truth, and with the pace and energy we played at, the Tannadice men just couldn’t cope.

Of course, we know better than to assume it’s going to be just as straightforward on Monday night. Even if United are missing their trio of top stars, they still have more than enough in their arsenal to make this contest a problem for us.

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It’s not as if we’ve even fared well against teams with injury problems this season. St Mirren were missing almost a full team when they took a point off of us in December. Hibs, meanwhile, were without 9 when we faced them at Easter Road a couple of weeks ago.

So it’s hardly the be-all and end-all. Courts will still be able to put out a solid side that will undoubtedly give us a stiff test. And with a capacity crowd hopefully in place, the atmosphere should be electric.

It’s yet another test for Ange and the Bhoys to overcome. Here’s hoping they’re ready to make the most of it.

In other news, Report: Spurs boss Antonio Conte doesn’t see Celtic’s Cameron Carter-Vickers in his plans