The risky move Dundee United are making for Celtic game tomorrow
Dundee United defender Liam Smith has stated that they’ll be looking to attack Celtic tomorrow after a woefully negative display at Ibrox.
United come into tomorrow night’s match having suffered a dismal afternoon against Rangers on Sunday. The Tannadice outfit only managed 3 shots on goal and 27% possession [BBC].
Celtic, meanwhile, have won 3 of their 4 meetings with the Arabs and only need a point in the City of Discovery to secure the Premiership title.
And Smith has stated that United are set to take a bold, positive approach tomorrow night instead of parking the bus like they did in Govan.
As quoted by the Courier, the defender said: “What Celtic have to play for is none of our concern. They are on a different path from us; different objectives. Our only concern is finishing the season strongly and securing European football.
“We want to put on a performance that gives our fans something to shout about. They’ll be driving us and pushing us. Every supporter and player knows the next two games can take us to Europe, which would be massive for the club. They’ll be in good voice and we’ll look to do them justice with the performance.
“We were loose on the ball against Rangers. You shoot yourself in the foot when you give the ball back so often. That was the main issue. You need to build yourself into the game and get a foothold. Otherwise, they pin you back and control the game. Wednesday will be a different game. We’ll have a different approach, look to be positive and try to get something.”
Dundee United looking to come out and attack Celtic?
The most frustrating thing from a Celtic supporter’s perspective is watching us try and break down 10 man defences. But it doesn’t look as though that will be an issue tomorrow night.
This is by and large a free hit for United. Their cup final will come on Saturday when they face Ross County in a final battle for 4th place. They’ll likely view tomorrow night as an opportunity to have a go and see where it takes them.
Of course, we know how dangerous Celtic can be on the counter. With the space left in behind, the likes of Daizen Maeda and Jota have proven their effectiveness. That’s the danger for United, and we saw how Hearts were exposed when they tried to play a high line at Parkhead.
In the 2 games against United at Tannadice this season they’ve tried to come out and play at times. But the truth is they’ve been absolutely blown away on both occasions with Ange Postecoglou’s side running out 3-0 winners twice.
At Parkhead it’s been a different story. A 1-1 draw and a narrow 1-0 success has been all Celtic have been able to accumulate this season. That’s largely because United have tried to camp 2 banks of 5 in their own half in both matches. Similar to what they did at Ibrox.
Thankfully, it doesn’t look as if it’s going to be the same tomorow. United are attempting a more positive approach, and that could play into Celtic’s hands.