Celtic V Dundee Utd at Celtic Park : Match Preview

15 August 2014 05:01
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United look to continue good start

Dundee United manager Jackie McNamara believes his side should not have any fears about their meeting with Scottish Premiership champions Celtic at Parkhead.

United are top of the Premiership after consecutive wins over Aberdeen and Motherwell provided them with the ideal start to the new campaign.

The Tayside club are now preparing for their biggest test so far when they travel to Celtic Park but McNamara reckons they should be going into it with every belief that they can win the match.

McNamara said: "This is another big test for us but it's one we're really looking forward to and can go there with a reasonable amount of confidence.

"It's a lot to do with belief when you go to somewhere like Celtic Park and play a big team like Celtic.

"We are in good spirits with the start we've made to the season and we'll be looking to carry that on in Saturday's game.

"It will be Ronny Deila's first match at home but we're more interested in ourselves and what we can do. We know it's never easy through there but we will go there as always looking to come back with a positive result."

United have not conceded a goal in their opening two games and that is a side of their game McNamara hopes continues when they face the champions, to go with their undoubted flair at the other end of the field.

He said: "It's good to be solid. We were like that up until about Christmas time last season so we know how important it is.

"I like the way the squad is taking shape and being tight at the back gives you a good platform to build on.

"Celtic always like to attack so we'll need to be aware of that and hopefully take any chances which come our way at the other end.

"We should take a decent support through as well after the start we've made and it would be nice to give them something else to shout about."

Sean Dillon (fractured cheekbone), Mark Wilson (broken foot) and John Souttar (ankle) miss out again.

Charlie Mulgrew returns from suspension and striker Leigh Griffiths is available again after sickness ruled him out of the trip to Perth but captain Scott Brown remains out with a hamstring injury.

Deila admits he pushed himself too hard at the start of his tenure as Parkhead boss in order to get himself and his side up to speed as quickly as possible.

"It has been a very hard time and very hard work," he said.

"You can over-work a little bit and I think I did that in the beginning.

"When you go into a club you have to do everything as good as possible.

"You have to get to know a lot of new players, staff, culture, language, find a place to live - so many things and so many questions.

"Then after four weeks you have to start playing matches at the top European level.

"I have almost not seen anything else apart from my house and training centre and the media - you are my best friends.

"I am learning about what I need to do but I have to take my time to do it."

Source: PA