Dundee United's important statement on Celtic game that went under the radar last night

By David Walton

December 3, 2021

Dundee United yesterday released an important statement on their clash with Celtic yesterday that was overshadowed by the events of the Hearts game at Celtic Park.

The Tannadice club has confirmed that the Jerry Kerr Stand, which was due to host Celtic fans, will be closed for the clash on Sunday. This is due to damage related to Storm Arwen that swept Dundee earlier this week.

United claimed that they carried out extensive work to try and repair the stand in time. However, in the best interests regarding supporter safety, they’ve been advised by the structural engineering company as well as Dundee City Council to close it up. All supporters will be given a full refund.

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Celtic then produced a statement of their own confirming the news and stating that they will manage the refund process. The game won’t be taken into consideration when determining future ticket allocations.

Fans who were due to be seated in the Jerry Kerr have been urged by both Celtic and United to avoid travelling to Tannadice for the fixture.

Celtic will be looking to continue their hot domestic form after making it 11 unbeaten with a 1-0 victory against Hearts last night.

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Celtic supporters struck with major Tannadice blow

The Jerry Kerr stand can hold around 1,000 supporters, meaning that Celtic’s travelling fanbase will be dramatically reduced for what’s bound to be an exciting fixture.

Even so, the small band of supporters that will be able to make the journey will be more important than ever.

United have tended to turn up against Celtic since their promotion to the top division back in the summer of 2020. Celtic have failed to overcome the Arabs in their last two meetings, with Celtic netting only once in their two fixtures at Tannadice since they came back to the top flight.

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Granted, Celtic are a different animal this season. They won’t view a game at Tannadice with any sort of fear whatsoever. In truth, you would back Ange Postecoglou’s men to get the job done uncomfortable enough fashion if we’re on our game.

Celtic could again be going into the game 7 points behind Rangers should they overcome Dundee at Ibrox on Saturday. The Hoops have shown real character to respond to the Ibrox club’s last two league results. Picking up 3 points on Sunday regardless of what happens 24 hours beforehand is essential.

It’s just a shame that so many Celtic supporters who were due to travel to the game will have to miss out.

Hopefully, the Bhoys can put on a show with the game being broadcast live on Sky Sports.

In other news, Kris Boyd’s hilarious post-Celtic vs Hearts meltdown as he fails to hide his rage