Thursday, March 13, 2008

Celtic Play Well But Stumble Into 0-0 Draw. . .

Scottish Premier League
Wednesday, March 12, 2008
Celtic Park, Glasgow



CELTIC (4-4-2) Boruc; Hinkel, Caldwell, McManus, Naylor; Nakamura, Brown, Sno (Robson 62), McGeady; McDonald, Samaras (Vennegoor of Hesselink 62).
Subs: M Brown, O’Dea, Hartley, Donati, Riordan.

DUNDEE UNITED (4-5-1) Zaluska; Kovacevic, Wilkie, Kenneth, Grainger; O’Brien, Robertson (Flood 75), Buaben, Kerr, Conway (Daly 84); De Vries (Hunt 77).
Subs: McLean, Dillon, Dods, Swanson.

It was a disappointing return to league business for Celtic after the recent demands of the UEFA Champions League and Scottish Cup as Gordon Strachan's side dropped two points in a goal-less draw with Dundee United.

Despite carving out the better chances and having the bulk of possession, the players could not break down a resilient United side.

The game initially started well for Celtic who got out the blocks quickly and largely dominated proceedings in the first half hour of the match.

Playing entertaining football, the team carved out a couple of early chances, with Shunsuke Nakamura the first man to clip the United post with just three minutes on the clock.

This was followed by good chances for Scott McDonald and Georgios Samaras and as Celtic kept possession, the on-form Aiden McGeady and full-back Andreas Hinkel were influential on either flank.

Then, in the 31st minute, McDonald was the next man to hit the post, showing great strength to hold off Garry Kenneth as he was put through by a Scott Brown pass.

But as the half wore on, Celtic allowed their opponents into the match and United duly created the chance of the half.


Not a good result, but we have to keep the faith!

Hail! Hail!



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