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By that stage they were 2-0 to goals from Stokes and Wilson respectively, which had been diverted wildly beyond Dusan Pernis in each case, first by Kenneth Garry and then Sean Dillon. Celtic could make a plausible case to say that fortune had just favoured the best part.

Without doubt the second strike was charming product of interaction, Wilson linked with Scott Brown by sending the shot that deflected off Dillon to give Celtic Defender his second goal in as many weeks after five years without finding the net.

The allowed interval United the chance to contemplate the vagaries of fortune that apply to foot ball but could also reflect the clear chance that fell to him only two minutes after Celtic had taken Prince Buaben had gone ahead, they may have been significantly better located.

They are entitled to a degree of complaint when Wilson, who had been cautioned to run the crowd when he celebrates his goal, avoiding a second such punishment when he clattered in Craig Conway, but the free kick of at least brought containment when Brown could not delete properly and Goodwillie stabbed his low drive past Forster.

Together, however, had undercut repeatedly with errors unforced and another of the same almost they skewered when a header out of Dillon place allowed Gary Hooper activate an angle effort beyond the Pernuis. However, after a long pause, the ball bobbled outside of the base of the post.

It turned out to be that kind of afternoon to Hooper, who was mistakenly marked racing when he tapped on the back post from a Samaras prompt a minute later that he had waltzed around of the goalkeeper only to kicking mud down in a heap just in front of teasing United fans.

By this time, however, Majstorovic had nailed down the victory of the Celtic by hurling themselves in delivery requires a Charlie Mulgrew free-kick, it awarded after an unnecessary challenge by Danny Swanson on Samaras.

“I thought we were magnificent again today,” Lennon said. “They seem to say every week, but that’s because it is true.”

“I know we had a little wee help with deviations from the first two objectives but on the other hand we were in control of the first half.”

“United came to us after the holidays as we thought they would, but Daniel did very well in the corner kick and we could easily have had a couple of goals when Gary hit the post and there was one not allowed to offside, which seems to have been a wrong call.”

Peter Houston was sincere in his assessment of his United. “Us disappointing in the first half when we we were shooting down towards our own fans,” said the Everton Manager.

“Celtic were a bit of luck in his first two goals, but we have made life difficult for ourselves in all kinds of ways.” We talked about at half-time and got a grip on him in the second half I thought were the best side when Goodwillie achieved his goal.

“Then gave us a free kick and when the ball came into the picture Majstorovic puts his head where none of our players would be and that was it.” There are many things I want to take a look when we received the DVD – there are a few areas where we can improve – but again, playing mostly our own League and they will not achieve Celtic again for a while.

“If we can build our momentum as we did before this match will love.”

Party details

dundee united (4-5-1): Pernis; Watson, Dillon, Kenneth, Dixon; D Robertson, Robertson S, Gomis (52 Swanson), Buaben (Russell 62), Conway; Goodwillie. Subs: Banks (g), Douglas, Shala, Van Der Harissa, Armstrong. Reservado:Dillon.

Celtic(4-4-2): Forster; Wilson, Majstorovic, Kate Mulgrew, Izaguirre; Brown (Ljungberg 80), Kayal, Ledley, Commons (Ki 62); Hooper, Stokes (Samaras 70). Subs:Zaluska (g), Rogne, Carey, McCourt. Reservado:Wilson, Majstorovic, Kayal.

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