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2012-05-06: Dundee Utd 1-0 Celtic, SPL
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- Celtic 20pts ahead going into last game of the season next week.
- Celtic lose to opposition in the league bar Rangers for first time since last calendar year.
- Rogne starts after Loovens injury in warm up.
- Charlie Mulgrew and James Forrest awarded SPFA Player of the Year and the Young Player of the year awards.
- Rangers drew nil nil in probably their last ever home game. Not full house and lots walked away before the end of their match. Hahaha.
- FA Cup Final in England saw Liverpool managed by Kenny Dalglish lose to Chelsea. Parallels now to 1999-2000 season when Celtic with Dalglish won only the league cup, were embarrassed in the league, squandered lots of transfer money, played poor and were left a shambles.
Review(Bobby peru of KDS)
Overhitting crosses and overcomplicating things in central positions.
A poor performance.
Good cameos from Watt and McGeouch.
Russell and Mackay-Steven have nothing these guys don't have except a bit more experience.
No more squad players brought in please, bring in first team players and let our youngsters fill the squad berths.
Dundee United01 Pernis
18 Gunning (Kenneth - 82' )
26 Neilson (Watson - 66' )
11 Rankin Booked
17 Mackay-Steven (Russell - 68' )
- Robertson 21
25 Rogne (Wanyama - 56' Booked )
08 Brown (McGeouch - 71' )
10 Stokes (Watt - 46' )
11 Cha Du-Ri
Ref: I Brines
- Match Report (see end of page below)
StatsDundee United v Celtic
Dundee United defeat Celtic but thoughts turn to Rangers 'punishment'Scottish Premier League 2011-12
Dundee United 1
Ewan Murray at Tannadice
guardian.co.uk, Sunday 6 May 2012 16.00 BST
Dundee United's Scott Robertson, centre, is congratulated after scoring the goal that gave his side a 1-0 victory over Celtic. Photograph: Lynne Cameron/PA
Dundee United's first win over Celtic since November 2009 was overshadowed by the wider issue of the make-up of the top flight for next season.
United are just one of the Scottish Premier League clubs who will be under focus on Monday, as they meet to discuss what penalties or otherwise will be handed out to Rangers when they seek permission to remain in the top flight.
Bill Miller, the preferred bidder to take over at Ibrox, wants to run the club initially as a "newco", a matter which has caused consternation among opposition fans.
Michael Johnston, Kilmarnock's chairman, said on Saturday that Rangers' commercial worth to the rest of the league outweighs any issues of sporting integrity and they must therefore stay in the SPL.
"I think we need to keep Rangers in the SPL," said the United manager, Peter Houston. "Fans might be upset by me saying that but if we showed them budgets, it would show we need Rangers.
"Supporters' clubs all over the country will probably disagree with me but if we were to lose £600,000 from our budget, it is something every chairman has to look at. Scottish football needs a strong Rangers and Celtic. Rangers deserve to be punished, with what I don't know, but if they drop into the Third Division that doesn't help us."
Stephen Thompson, the United chairman, had earlier pointed out the difficulties he and his colleagues will face during Monday's meeting. Thompson also sits on the SPL board. "I am finding it very stressful, as are most of the board," he said. "We are in a very, very difficult situation and at a crossroads for Scottish football. I understand how all the fans feel and I have great sympathy for them.
"But I have a legal responsibility to run Dundee United and a legal responsibility as a director of the SPL. We've got to think about our own clubs and about the whole of Scottish football. It is impossible."
Thompson would at least be cheered by his club's qualification for European football for a third successive year. Scott Robertson's early header secured a home win, and the Celtic manager, Neil Lennon, was scathing. "I am not happy with some of the players – some of them are in holiday mode already," said Lennon.
The Northern Irishman was, however, unhappy at the non-award of a second-half penalty for his team after Keith Watson handled. Celtic's manager called for "consistency" in such matters, citing the controversial penalty given to Hearts in their Scottish Cup semi-final win over his team as a comparison.
"I just want to know what the difference is between the one in the semi-final and the one we didn't get today," Lennon said. "If the one they gave against us was a penalty then the one today was as well. They have to be consistent."
BBCBy Martin Conaghan BBC Scotland
Dundee United humbled the Scottish Premier League champions Celtic with a laboured victory at Tannadice.
Scott Robertson headed in a hastily-taken corner to give the hosts a 21st-minute lead.
In the second-half, claims for a Celtic penalty were waved away after the ball appeared to strike Keith Watson's arm inside the United area.
Gary Hooper came close to restoring parity in the final 10 minutes, but dragged his shot wide of the mark.
The defeat was only Celtic's fifth of the season on their way to claiming the title, but guarnatees United a Europa League slot and all but cements fourth place.
Celtic manager Neil Lennon made seven changes with Fraser Forster, Mikael Lustig, Glenn Loovens, Charlie Mulgrew, Adam Matthews, Scott Brown and Gary Hooper restored to the side which beat St Johnstone 1-0 on Thursday night.
United boss Peter Houston made two changes - defender Gavin Gunning replacing Garry Kenneth and former Sligo Rovers player Richie Ryan making his first start in place of Johnny Russell.
After 10 minutes played, Kris Commons picked out Hooper with a defence-splitting pass from the heart of midfield, but the cutback aimed at Brown on the edge of the penalty area was cleared.
A quickly-taken corner in the 21st minute minute allowed Robertson to leap unchallenged on the six yard line to nod the ball past a stationary Forster in the Celtic goal and spark the match to life.
Commons should have done better with a long-range short from the edge of the United penalty area as the half hour mark approached, then Hooper himself blasted in an effort from the same distance that Dusan Pernis clawed wide.
Celtic could have levelled the scores in the only minute of stoppage time when Commons flighted a low ball across the face of goal, but Anthony Stokes failed to reach it at the back post.
Immediately after the break, Robertson blasted a long-range effort wildly over the Celtic bar, then at the other end substitute Tony Watt leapt on to a Lustig cross but his header inched wide.
Moments later, youngster Watt blasted in a shot that Pernis parried wide of the United goal, then Dixon's close-range effort was blocked by Mulgrew and John Rankin failed to pick up the loose ball.
With 15 minutes remaining, Emilio Izaguirre's cross on the left appeared to strike the arm of Watson inside the United penalty area, but referee Iain Brines waved play on.
Inside the final 10 minutes, Hooper dragged an angled shot inches wide of the mark as the visitors pushed for a leveller.
Quality defending by Mulgrew prevented Russell targeting the Celtic goal in the last minute of regular time, but a late flurry of pressure from the visitors failed to find the goal that would have avoided defeat.
Live Text Commentary
90:00 +4:03 Full time
Full Time The final whistle goes and the game is over.
Johnny Russell concedes a free kick for a foul on Emilio Izaguirre. Charlie Mulgrew restarts play with the free kick.
Corner taken short by Willo Flood.
Willo Flood takes a inswinging corner to the near post.
Scott Robertson fouled by Tony Watt, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Dusan Pernis.
Corner taken right-footed by Willo Flood from the left by-line, save made by Fraser Forster.
Foul by Richie Ryan on Kris Commons, free kick awarded. Direct free kick taken by Fraser Forster.
Foul by John Rankin on Joe Ledley, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by Mikael Lustig.
Booking John Rankin goes into the book for unsporting behaviour.
Substitution Gavin Gunning goes off and Garry Kenneth comes on.
Close range shot by Gary Hooper goes wide of the left-hand post.
Outswinging corner taken left-footed by Kris Commons from the right by-line, Joe Ledley concedes a free kick for a foul on Willo Flood. Dusan Pernis takes the free kick.
The ball is sent over by Emilio Izaguirre, Keith Watson makes a clearance.
Unfair challenge on Richie Ryan by Victor Wanyama results in a free kick. Free kick taken by Johnny Russell.
Substitution (Celtic) makes a substitution, with Dylan McGeouch coming on for Scott Brown.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Keith Watson on Joe Ledley. Emilio Izaguirre takes the free kick.
Substitution Johnny Russell joins the action as a substitute, replacing Gary Mackay-Steven.
Substitution Keith Watson replaces Robbie Neilson.
Unfair challenge on Kris Commons by Scott Robertson results in a free kick. Kris Commons crosses the ball from the free kick right-footed from right channel.
Unfair challenge on Kris Commons by Scott Robertson results in a free kick. Free kick crossed right-footed by Kris Commons,
Victor Wanyama challenges John Rankin unfairly and gives away a free kick.
Robbie Neilson restarts play with the free kick.
Booking The referee shows Victor Wanyama a yellow card for unsporting behaviour.
The ball is swung over by Tony Watt. The offside flag is raised against Charlie Mulgrew. Indirect free kick taken by Dusan Pernis.
Inswinging corner taken by Kris Commons, Robbie Neilson makes a clearance.
Joe Ledley takes the direct free kick.
Substitution Victor Wanyama comes on in place of Thomas Rogne.
Foul by Sean Dillon on Tony Watt, free kick awarded.
Tony Watt takes a shot. Save made by Dusan Pernis.
Tony Watt takes a shot. Save made by Dusan Pernis.
Kris Commons takes a outswinging corner to the near post.
Corner taken left-footed by Kris Commons from the right by-line, Robbie Neilson makes a clearance.
The second half has started.
Substitution Tony Watt is brought on as a substitute for Anthony Stokes.
45:00 +1:06 Half time
Half Time The referee calls an end to the first half.
Kris Commons takes a shot. Dusan Pernis makes a save.
Outswinging corner taken by Anthony Stokes from the right by-line, clearance by Richie Ryan.
Mikael Lustig concedes a free kick for a foul on Gary Mackay-Steven. Paul Dixon takes the free kick.
Inswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Kris Commons, Richie Ryan makes a clearance.
Thomas Rogne fouled by Willo Flood, the ref awards a free kick. Kris Commons takes the free kick.
Gary Hooper takes a shot. Save by Dusan Pernis.
Gary Hooper takes a shot. Robbie Neilson gets a block in.
The assistant referee flags for offside against Emilio Izaguirre. Free kick taken by Robbie Neilson.
Inswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Kris Commons, clearance made by Robbie Neilson.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Anthony Stokes by Richie Ryan. Kris Commons takes the free kick.
Assist on the goal came from Paul Dixon.
20:53 Goal scored
Goal - Scott Robertson - Dundee U 1 - 0 Celtic Scott Robertson scores a headed goal from inside the six-yard box. Dundee Utd 1-0 Celtic.
Corner taken short by Gary Mackay-Steven,
Free kick awarded for a foul by Sean Dillon on Emilio Izaguirre. Joe Ledley takes the direct free kick.
Foul by Gary Mackay-Steven on Adam Matthews, free kick awarded. Mikael Lustig restarts play with the free kick.
Corner taken by Kris Commons from the left by-line.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Charlie Mulgrew on Jon Daly. Free kick crossed left-footed by Paul Dixon, clearance made by Joe Ledley.
The game begins.
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