Dundee United player laughably claims there wasn't much between them and Celtic

By David Walton

March 15, 2022

Dundee United midfielder Calum Butcher has bizarrely claimed that there “wasn’t really much” between his team and Celtic yesterday.

The Hoops managed to rack up a convincing 3-0 Scottish Cup win in what was a superb victory against Tam Courts’ side. Ange Postecoglou’s men never looked in any danger throughout the contest either, with Joe Hart not having a single save to make.

It was a much more routine victory for Ange’s men than any of us anticipated. It was clear Celtic had used the most of their 8-day gameless run to be fully-prepared for the fixture.

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However, controversial United man Butcher has oddly claimed that there wasn’t much between the sides and that he’s only been left disappointed by the manner of goals they conceded. Speaking via DUTV, Butcher said: “I’m really disappointed, just in the manner of the goals really. There wasn’t really much in the game.

“We go a goal down and tried to gain some control in the second half, but when the second goal goes in it kills the game for us. It’s a disappointing goal from a set-piece. It’s not been like us all season to concede goals like that.

“I thought, just on that, it’s probably 3 goals that we haven’t conceded all season. So I’m really disappointed, but we’re out of the cup now so let’s focus on finishing in the top 6. We know how important these next 3 games are now.”

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Dundee United nowhere near Celtic as Hoops show their dominance

Difficult to know where to start with this from Butcher. Firstly, the stats show that United barly laid a glove on the Hoops. So much so that it’s difficult to see how it’s viable to claim there wasn’t much in the game.

For example, Celtic ended the game last night with 60% possession. In addition to that, we had 14 shots on goal to United’s 3. The Arabs didn’t even manage a shot on target either. In contrast, Celtic managed 7 [BBC].

United will point to all 3 of our goals and say they were fortuitous. Particularly goals 1 and 2 which came via a deflection and goalkeeping howler respectively. But it doesn’t matter. Celtic made their own luck by consistently probing around the United goal.

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That’s not to say Courts’ side didn’t give it a go. On the contrary in fact. They tried to put on a high press and get at us very early into the game. Credit to them for that. It was something different for us to play against, but Ange and his team had the answers.

Butcher’s a bit of a controversial figure amongst Celtic fans of course. Back in December he was widely condemned for a shocker of a challenge on David Turnbull in our league meeting at Tannadice [Daily Record]. His response to that was to refuse to change his ways [Football Scotland]. So it’s perhaps no surprise to see that he’s a bit more desperate in his defence of last night.

But the truth is that United were just outclassed. End of story.

In other news, Pat Bonner can’t speak highly enough of what Giorgos Giakoumakis is doing for Celtic