Report: Dundee United facing fight to host Celtic and Sky Sports on Sunday

By Euan Davidson

December 1, 2021

Dundee United are up against it to prepare Tannadice for Celtic and the Sky Sports cameras this weekend.

According to the Scottish Sun, Sunday’s game is in danger of being called off. Damage from Storm Arwen caused disruption across the East Coast of Scotland last week, and it’s led Tannadice chiefs with work to do on the historic stadium.

Dundee City Council had to get involved after the Jerry Kerr stand was damaged by the storm. The council closed the road outside, and now Dundee United face an anxious wait to see if they’ll be able to host Celtic on Sunday.

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The club have just 48 hours to get Tannadice to a stage where it’ll pass a health and safety inspection.

A statement from Dundee United, via the Scottish Sun, read:

“Following Friday night’s Storm Arwen, we can confirm parts of the Jerry Kerr Stand roof were damaged. As a result Dundee City Council closed the road outside.

“Assessment of damage and restoration will begin today and is expected to last a few days.” 

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Worrying times for Dundee United as Celtic loom for weekend clash

Storm Arwen caused myriad problems across the UK last week. Across England’s North East and the East Coast of Scotland, 30,000 homes were left without power [BBC].

AccuWeather deemed it the worst storm to hit the UK in decades.

Of course, peoples’ lives have been lost, some irreparably damaged, in the wake of such a devastating storm. A game of football is not the most important thing here, far from it.

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From Dundee United’s perspective, the visiting Celtic supporters and the Sky cameras provide a significant financial boost. They’ll be doing everything they can get Tannadice in shape for Sunday.

If they aren’t able to, it could see more fixture build-up, with Celtic already playing 9 games in December alone.

Here’s hoping that Dundee United can get it sorted in time for the weekend’s clash. The last time Tam Courts and Ange Postecoglou’s sides met, it finished 1-1 at Celtic Park, with goals from Abada and Harkes.

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