Celtic continued their domestic winning streak – now 18 games – to book a place in the Scottish Cup semi-final with victory at Dundee United.
Playing the Scottish League Cup final next Sunday; the Bhoys are now odds on with bookmakers to complete a clean sweep of domestic trophies having won 0-4 at Tannadice. The sides went in scoreless at the half-time break, but, crucially, the hosts were down to 10 men after Robbie Neilson’s dismissal.
Celtic went in front within ten minutes of the re-start with a good finish from Joe Ledley and were never threatened from that point on. Samaras made it 0-2 on 70 minutes with a close range header from Mulgrew’s free-kick with Anthony Stokes ensuring it was game set and match to the visitors after being put one-on-one with the ‘keeper five minutes from time for the Dubliners 20th goal of the season. Brown’s last minute penalty was merely the final nail in United’s coffin.
Earlier in proceedings; Stokes perpetrated an amazing miss; smacking the ball onto the crossbar when he had the whole goal to aim at from six yards out.
Before the match, a tetchy Celtic manager Neil Lennon explained why Celtic had not given their customary eve-of-match press conference: “We decided not to hold a press conference because of all the nonsense going on elsewhere — people accusing our club of trying to put people out of work at Rangers and telling lies about agreements,” said the Northern Irish man. “The club’s legal team is dealing with the matter now and it’s probably best I don’t say any more about it” – Lennon added.