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Georgios Samaras produces a right-footed shot from inside the area that goes over the bar.
Sung-Yeung Ki takes a shot from just outside the penalty area clears the crossbar.
Shot by David Goodwillie from outside the area goes high over the crossbar.
The referee blows for offside. Dusan Pernis takes the indirect free kick.
Keith Watson concedes a free kick for a foul on Beram Kayal. Charlie Mulgrew takes the free kick.
Booking for Beram Kayal for unsporting behaviour. Daniel Swanson fouled by Beram Kayal, the ref awards a free kick. Sean Dillon takes the direct free kick.
A cross is delivered by Joe Ledley.
Fredrik Ljungberg joins the action as a substitute, replacing Scott Brown.
Daniel Majstorovic grabs a brilliant headed goal from inside the six-yard box. Dundee Utd 1-3 Celtic.Free kick awarded for a foul by Daniel Swanson on Georgios Samaras. The assist for the goal came from Charlie Mulgrew.
The assistant referee flags for offside against David Goodwillie. Fraser Forster restarts play with the free kick.
Gary Hooper has an effort at goal from deep inside the box hitting the post.
Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Craig Conway from the left by-line, Foul by Keith Watson on Fraser Forster, free kick awarded. Fraser Forster takes the free kick.
Georgios Samaras joins the action as a substitute, replacing Anthony Stokes.
Shot by David Goodwillie. Save made by Fraser Forster.
Gary Hooper crosses the ball, clearance made by Sean Dillon.
Corner taken by Sung-Yeung Ki from the right by-line, save made by Dusan Pernis.
David Goodwillie fires in a goal from close in to the bottom left corner of the goal. Dundee Utd 1-2 Celtic.Garry Kenneth provided the assist for the goal.
(Celtic) makes a substitution, with Sung-Yeung Ki coming on for Kris Commons. Johnny Russell replaces Prince Buaben. Mark Wilson gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Craig Conway. The free kick is delivered right-footed by Craig Conway from own half.
Effort on goal by Craig Conway from inside the area goes harmlessly over the bar.
Foul by Emilio Izaguirre on Daniel Swanson, free kick awarded. Sean Dillon restarts play with the free kick.
Prince Buaben gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Beram Kayal. Direct free kick taken by Beram Kayal.
Sean Dillon receives a caution. Sean Dillon challenges Gary Hooper unfairly and gives away a free kick. Beram Kayal takes the direct free kick.
Daniel Swanson is brought on as a substitute for Morgaro Gomis.
Corner from the right by-line taken by Kris Commons, Daniel Majstorovic has a headed effort at goal from close range which goes wide of the left-hand post.
Corner from the right by-line taken by Paul Dixon, save made by Fraser Forster.
Corner taken by Kris Commons.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Gary Hooper by Garry Kenneth. Kris Commons crosses the ball in from the free kick, Garry Kenneth makes a clearance.
Foul by Prince Buaben on Beram Kayal, free kick awarded. Mark Wilson restarts play with the free kick.
David Goodwillie produces a drilled right-footed shot from deep inside the area which goes wide of the left-hand post.
Corner taken left-footed by Kris Commons.
Joe Ledley has a drilled shot. Save by Dusan Pernis.
Beram Kayal produces a left-footed shot from just outside the box that goes wide right of the target.
Daniel Majstorovic is shown a yellow card for unsporting behaviour. Handball by Daniel Majstorovic. Free kick taken by Paul Dixon.
The referee blows for offside. Mark Wilson takes the direct free kick.
Booking for Mark Wilson for unsporting behaviour.
Mark Wilson scores a goal from the edge of the area to the top right corner of the goal. Dundee Utd 0-2 Celtic.Scott Brown provided the assist for the goal.
Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Craig Conway from the left by-line, Emilio Izaguirre makes a clearance.
Craig Conway sends in a cross, Joe Ledley manages to make a clearance.
Foul by Beram Kayal on Craig Conway, free kick awarded. Craig Conway crosses the ball in from the free kick, clearance made by Beram Kayal.
Shot from just outside the area by Gary Hooper goes over the bar.
Foul by Mark Wilson on Craig Conway, free kick awarded. Direct free kick taken by Garry Kenneth.
David Goodwillie is ruled offside. Fraser Forster takes the indirect free kick.
Corner taken by Craig Conway played to the near post, clearance made by Daniel Majstorovic.
Centre by Paul Dixon, blocked by Beram Kayal.
The official flags Gary Hooper offside. Garry Kenneth takes the free kick.
Shot from outside the box by Mark Wilson misses to the left of the goal.
Unfair challenge on Joe Ledley by Scott Robertson results in a free kick. Charlie Mulgrew takes the free kick.
Foul by Scott Robertson on Kris Commons, free kick awarded. Joe Ledley takes the direct free kick.
Shot by Prince Buaben. Fraser Forster gets a block in.
Anthony Stokes scores a goal from the edge of the penalty area to the bottom left corner of the goal. Dundee Utd 0-1 Celtic.Joe Ledley provided the assist for the goal.
Prince Buaben takes a shot from just inside the penalty box which clears the crossbar.
The offside flag is raised against David Goodwillie. Daniel Majstorovic takes the free kick.
Corner taken by Kris Commons from the left by-line.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Mark Wilson by Morgaro Gomis. Direct free kick taken by Daniel Majstorovic.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Garry Kenneth on Anthony Stokes. Charlie Mulgrew shoots direct from the free kick, save by Dusan Pernis.
Mark Wilson sends in a cross, Dusan Pernis makes a comfortable save.
The ball is swung over by Paul Dixon.
Joe Ledley produces a cross, Garry Kenneth manages to make a clearance.
Brown a hero in Swanson's eyes
Danny Swanson insists Celtic captain Scott Brown does not deserve to be demonised - because he gave him a jersey to hang up on the wall of his dad's pub.
The Dundee United midfielder has watched Brown's career since he started out at Hibernian and loves the fact he is so combative on the park.
Swanson is desperate to line up against the Scotland midfielder at Tannadice and revealed that team-mates Morgaro Gomis and Prince Buaben also relish going into battle with Brown.
The United man collared the Celtic skipper last season after a game at Parkhead and he was only too happy to hand him a shirt for his father's Edinburgh pub.
He said: "Scott Brown is coming back to his best. He relishes games when he can get in people's faces and make his tackles.
"I've watched him since he was young, playing in a great Hibs midfield with Kevin Thomson, and he's always been that type of player. It's just his style.
"I can remember he did the same to Prince and Morgaro in a game last season.
"I enjoy that sort of battle and so do they.
"I like being in the thick of it and hopefully I'll get a taste of it on Sunday.
"He gave me a shirt after a match we played at Parkhead last season which is hung up in my dad's pub.
"That was really good of him and it's something you remember.
"He's a great player who will go on to bigger things and, even though nobody likes him on the pitch because he's so competitive, I've never heard anyone say a bad word about him off it."
Swanson hopes to be picked against Celtic after coming through a behind-closed-doors game against St Mirren on Tuesday unscathed.
The former Berwick man played for 75 minutes and joked he would have lasted the full 90 but came off to give his little brother Louis, who is in the United youth team, a chance.
Neil Lennon believes any hint of complacency within the Celtic squad will be swiftly stamped upon.
The Hoops manager is pleased with his side's recent form which has kept them top of the Clydesdale Bank Premier League with a Scottish Cup fifth-round replay to come against Rangers as well as a Co-operative Insurance Cup final against their Old Firm rivals.
While many believe the pendulum has swung towards the Parkhead club, Lennon denied any prospect of a complacent attitude creeping in.
"I don't think they will take that attitude because they are good professionals," he said.
"Some of them haven't been course and distance before but some of them have.
"The ones that are more experienced, if there any signs of complacency, will rein it in as will me and my backroom staff as well.
"But we are not getting carried away at all.
"We are pleased, very pleased and we are going into games looking forward to them.
"Even when we were drawing the games in December the overall performances were decent, it was the results that weren't what we were looking for.
"But since January onwards we have clicked and hit a purple patch.
"It can all change very quickly, we know that, but we are hoping we can carry on in the same vein.
"If we have to grind out results we will do that but I want them to keep expressing themselves and playing the football they have been showing in the last wee while."
Lennon claims Freddie Ljungberg is now ready to show why the bold move was made to bring him to Celtic Park.
The 33-year-old Swede arrived in Glasgow in January amid a fanfare of trumpets but has been all but forgotten on the sidelines as the Hoops have started the year in impressive form.
However, the Celtic boss revealed that the former Arsenal star is now literally up to speed after showing up well in a Celtic reserve team against Shamrock Rovers on Monday.
Asked if Ljungberg can make a contribution in the run-in, Lennon replied: "Absolutely, he has a lot to offer.
"He has worked very hard in the last few weeks on his level of fitness and he is looking the real deal now.
"He played in Dublin on Monday night and played very well.
"In the last couple of days in training he has looked very good and he is definitely in contention now."
Masterful Majstorovic earns Bhoys win
Daniel Majstorovic's diving header ensured Celtic enjoyed a more routine trip to Tannadice as they restored their five-point lead at the top of the Clydesdale Bank Premier League with a 3-1 win at Dundee United.
The Swede finished off Dundee United's second-half fightback when he threw himself at Charlie Mulgrew's free-kick with 12 minutes left.
David Goodwillie had given the hosts hope after deflected goals from Anthony Stokes and Mark Wilson put Celtic in command before the break.
Celtic's previous trip to Tannadice had resulted in long-lasting controversy with Dougie McDonald eventually quitting amid the fallout over his false explanation of why he had rescinded a penalty award to the visitors, a furore that played a significant part in the referees' strike.
Extra spice was also added to the occasion by sniping between managers Peter Houston and Neil Lennon, but there was not too much to dispute in their latest encounter as Celtic quickly took control and soon repelled a spirited United revival before securing their fifth consecutive SPL win.
Celtic captain Scott Brown shook off a groin injury as Lennon restored Stokes up front following the Scottish Cup draw with Rangers, with midfielder Ki Sung-yueng dropping to the bench.
Dundee United made one enforced change with Morgaro Gomis coming in for the suspended Jon Daly.
The pitch passed an early-morning inspection following continuing heavy rain and held up well.
Mulgrew saw an early free-kick held by Dusan Pernis as Celtic begin to stamp their authority on the game.
United had an ambitious penalty claim rejected by Mike Tumilty when Majstorovic challenged Craig Conway in the air and Celtic soon took a 16th-minute lead.
Beram Kayal dispossessed Scott Robertson and fed Stokes, who ran into the box before firing a left-footed shot which bounced up off the backtracking Garry Kenneth and inside Pernis' near post.
Prince Buaben soon burst through at the other end but Fraser Forster came off his line to block the midfielder's effort with his feet.
United continued to press with Conway on the left flank their main attacking outlet, but the Celtic defence coped comfortably and the visitors extended their lead in the 35th minute.
Wilson fed Hooper and continued his run before striking Brown's cutback from 14 yards and seeing it go in off Sean Dillon.
The former United player was booked for celebrating with the travelling support, who were almost treated to another first-half goal.
Hooper's cross caused chaos in the United box with Joe Ledley and Stokes both seeing efforts blocked by some desperate defending.
Goodwillie carved out a chance for himself at the other end but fired the ball across the face of goal.
Majstorovic headed a back-post Commons corner just wide as Celtic enjoyed a comfortable opening to the second half.
Danny Swanson soon replaced Gomis as United looked for inspiration and Conway volleyed over the stand when an unconvincing Forster punch handed them a rare half-chance.
But they got back in the game in the 64th minute. Wilson was somewhat fortunate to escape without a second yellow card after fouling Conway near the touchline but Celtic were soon made to pay.
The visiting defence failed to clear Conway's free-kick and Forster parried the ball out as far as Goodwillie, who stabbed the ball into the corner from eight yards.
Goodwillie came close to an equaliser when he turned inside his man after a positive run from substitute Johnny Russell, but Forster got a hand to his powerful low shot from the edge of the box and the ball spun over.
United were now pinning Celtic back but Hooper almost finished them off when he raced on to Dillon's short headed back pass, sliding the ball past the onrushing Pernis but seeing it come off the far post.
Majstorovic did restore the two-goal cushion when he dived on the edge of the six-yard box to head home fellow centre-back Mulgrew's inswinging free-kick after Swanson had tripped fellow substitute Georgios Samaras.
Hooper had two chances to add his name to the scoresheet in the closing stages, but he completely lost his footing six yards out before being flagged offside when converting a low cross from Samaras, who also missed a late opportunity.
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