The brutal Dundee Utd run that hasn't been mentioned; bodes well for Celtic tonight

By David Walton

March 14, 2022

As Celtic prepare to take the trip to Tannadice in the Scottish Cup quarter-finals tonight, it’s barely been mentioned just how dismal a run Dundee United are actually on against top-flight opposition.

Tam Courts has United up in 7th in what’s only their second year back in the top-flight. Remember, the Tannadice men spent 4 years in the Championship before returning to the Premiership.

Celtic have struggled at times against United this season too. Back in September, we suffered a 1-1 draw at Celtic Park. Back in January, meanwhile, it took a last-minute goal from Liel Abada to nab the points. The only convincing win we have over them this term came back in December in a 3-0 success at Tannadice.

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However, what’s barely been discussed is the fact that United have only won 3 of their last 20 matches against Premiership teams. During that period they’ve only beaten Aberdeen, Ross County, and Motherwell respectively.

That’s a run that stretches back to October. Within it was a 6-game losing run between December and January. Not overly impressive from the Arabs it has to be said.

What has likely made that run fly under the radar a touch is the fact that 5 of their last 7 Premiership matches have ended in draws. Throw in a couple of Scottish Cup wins away to Championship clubs Kilmarnock and Partick Thistle, and you can see why the pressure isn’t exactly ramping up on them.

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This run isn’t a great look. It probably says a lot about how the rest of the league is performing that United aren’t further down the table. Incredibly, they’re on the same level of points as Ross County who are in the top six. Meaning that 3 wins in 20 in the league has still managed to keep them in the hunt.

Of course, it doesn’t mean that tonight’s match will be routine by any stretch of the imagination. United looked in decent form when we played them at Parkhead back in January. They were certainly stubborn, but without really testing Joe Hart up the other end.

So whilst it should still be a tough game, there has to be a confidence there that United struggle to see things over the line. Their form in the league is utterly abysmal, and it’s been helped by a couple of 1-goal Scottish Cup victories against lower league opposition.

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Of course, that run is bound to improve at some stage. United will be targeting tonight’s match as a superb opportunity to give them a leg up for the rest of the season. In addition to that, they did manage a draw against Rangers at Tannadice just several weeks ago.

But they’re clearly mentally fragile, and even that result against Rangers saw them fail to hold on to a lead in the second 45. United are having a real problem getting over the line at the moment, and it could easily cost them a top 6 place in the coming weeks.

Ange of course will likely be paying no attention to these kinds of records. For him it’s a 90-minute game and anything can happen. Even so, United’s frailties have been exploited on plenty of occasions over the last few months, Celtic should be rubbing their hands at the prospect here.

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