Dundee Utd v Celtic preview

Date published: Friday 13th March 2015 2:45

Van Dijk won his appeal against a dismissal at Tannadice last Sunday, when the Hoops drew 1-1 with United in the Scottish Cup quarter-final.

Celtic manager Ronny Deila is hopeful talisman Kris Commons will play a part after he missed the past two games against St Johnstone and United with a thigh complaint.

Nir Bitton is a doubt with an ankle knock, while Stuart Armstrong and Gary Mackay-Steven are cup-tied having played for United earlier in the competition.

The versatile Charlie Mulgrew (hamstring tendon) and right-back Mikael Lustig (ankle) are both nearing fitness, but the match comes too soon for both.

Deila has said that he feels calm as he looks to secure his first piece of silverware since taking over from Neil Lennon last summer.

He said: “We will do everything we can to put in a good performance and if Dundee United beat us, then it is easy to accept. If we play badly and lose, that is the worst thing.

“But I know if we play really well we have the quality to win the game and that is a target. I feel calm. There have been so many big games and in this one you can reach one of your goals.”

Dundee United striker Nadir Ciftci is suspended having picked up two yellow cards earlier in the competition to leave him sidelined but midfielder Paul Paton is free to play after his sending off against the Hoops in the  Scottish Cup clash at Tannadice last weekend was rescinded due to mistaken identity.

Defender Callum Morris is back in training after recovering from a thigh problem and is in contention.

United manager Jackie McNamara said: “I’d love Nadir to be playing because he is a big player for us. It’s always a big ask regardless of who’s missing.

“Celtic are a major force, they’ve shown that by coming in and taking two of our players in the window. My job is to make sure we have other players in there that can fill the gaps and make sure we can compete. I’m confident we can put a good show on and hopefully cause an upset.”

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Dundee Utd v Celtic preview

Date published: Friday 2nd December 2011 10:42

United have no fresh concerns.

Garry Kenneth has a slight knee problem, but should be fit, while fellow defender Sean Dillon returned off the bench following a calf injury in last weekend’s draw at Motherwell and is in contention to start.

Midfielder Danny Swanson (knee) and utility man Scott Severin (broken leg) remain out.

Celtic’s Joe Ledley has ruled himself out.

The Hoops midfielder, who picked up an ankle knock against Atletico Madrid at Parkhead on Wednesday night, revealed on his Twitter account today that he is still waiting on the results of a scan and will miss the trip to Tayside.

Manager Neil Lennon hopes midfielder Victor Wanyama will have recovered from a dead leg while Badr El-Kaddouri is back after being cup-tied for the game against Atletico.

United (from): Pernis, Douglas, Dixon, Dillon, Neilson, Watson, Kenneth, Gunning, Smith, Allan, Flood, Rankin, Armstrong, Robertson, Mackay-Steven, Hilson, Dow, Russell, Daly, Dalla Valle, Banks.

Celtic (from): Forster, Matthews, El-Kaddouri, Majstorovic, Loovens, Mulgrew, Forrest, Wanyama, Hooper, Kayal, Ki, Stokes, Brown, Samaras, Zaluska, Bangura, McCourt, McGeouch, Filip Twardzik.

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