Scottish Premiership
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Celtic 5-0 Dundee United

By Chris McLaughlinBBC Scotland at Celtic Park
Kris Commons celebrates making it 3-0 to Celtic with a thumping penalty
Commons signals his joy to fans at Celtic Park after making it 3-0

Kris Commons scored twice as Celtic dismantled struggling Dundee United to move four points clear at the top of the Scottish Premiership.

Leigh Griffiths netted his 13th goal of the season from an acute angle before Dedryk Boyata knocked in a header.

Commons smashed home a penalty before the interval and then found the top corner with a great shot.

Scott Brown added to United's misery with a deflected strike in the closing minutes of a one-sided contest.

The comprehensive victory went some way to making up for Celtic's midweek Europa League loss in Molde.

Manager Ronny Deila admitted before kick off that the criticism that had come his way after a miserable return to his native Norway was justified but insisted his side would bounce back.

And the champions did so with ease as visiting keeper Luis Zwick was kept busy throughout.

Those who decided to forgo Sunday lunch for Celtic Park saw a home side that included Jozo Simunovic for just the second time this season.

The Croatian defender would have precious little to do though because from the first whistle United, who are five points adrift at the bottom, assumed defensive positions and rarely broke free.

Former United pair Gary MacKay-Steven and Stuart Armstrong were prominent as the hosts started with an impressive tempo.

And the breakthrough came on 15 minutes as Griffiths chased a ball down the right channel and, just when it looked like it would run out of play, the striker slid it expertly past a hesitant Zwick.

Kris Commons smashes in his first goal from the penalty spot
Commons smashes in his first goal from the penalty spot

The second goal followed from the head of Boyata, who did well to lose his man in the box and bullet the ball home.

If there was any doubt about the game being over as a contest after that, Commons provided the clarity from the penalty spot just minutes before the break.

Scott Fraser brought down the hugely impressive Keiran Tierney and the man who was furious about being subbed in Norway was celebrating with the fans after blasting high past Zwick.

The second half started as the first ended, with Celtic in full flow and United pressed firmly against the ropes.

The visitors were on the canvas for a fourth time courtesy of a Commons cracker just before the hour.

The current fans' favourite found a yard of space just inside the penalty area and curled the ball expertly into Zwick's top right hand corner.

Kris Commons and manager Ronny Deila
Commons gets a firm handshake from manager Ronny Deila on being replaced

If the midfielder was making a point after the midweek spat with the Celtic bench, it was point proven.

He was substituted shortly afterwards but this time, instead of snarling in disgust, he applauded the fans and embraced his manager on the touchline. What a difference a few days and a few goals make.

Talking of goals, there was one more to come.

Celtic captain Scott Brown danced his way forward from the left with just minutes to go and his powerful strike on the angle was deflected into the net by Aaron Kuhl.

Line-ups

Celtic

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 1Gordon
  • 4Ambrose
  • 20Boyata
  • 5SimunovicBooked at 73mins
  • 63Tierney
  • 8Brown
  • 25Johansen
  • 15CommonsSubstituted forRogicat 65'minutes
  • 14ArmstrongSubstituted forMcGregorat 73'minutes
  • 16Mackay-Steven
  • 9GriffithsSubstituted forCiftciat 65'minutes

Substitutes

  • 2Blackett
  • 6Bitton
  • 7Ciftci
  • 18Rogic
  • 23Lustig
  • 26Bailly
  • 42McGregor

Dundee Utd

Formation 4-4-2

  • 51Zwick
  • 4Souttar
  • 12McGowan
  • 17Durnan
  • 2Dillon
  • 16TelferSubstituted forMurrayat 66'minutes
  • 25Kuhl
  • 22FraserBooked at 45minsSubstituted forConnollyat 90+1'minutes
  • 8Rankin
  • 7Mckay
  • 30BodulSubstituted forTaggartat 55'minutes

Substitutes

  • 15Murray
  • 18Connolly
  • 21Szromnik
  • 28Donaldson
  • 29Taggart
  • 38Souttar
  • 40Robson
Referee:
Craig Thomson
Attendance:
42,718

Match Stats

Home TeamCelticAway TeamDundee Utd
Possession
Home68%
Away32%
Shots
Home23
Away3
Shots on Target
Home12
Away1
Corners
Home13
Away3
Fouls
Home13
Away5

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Celtic 5, Dundee United 0.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Celtic 5, Dundee United 0.

  3. Post update

    Foul by Nadir Ciftci (Celtic).

  4. Post update

    John Rankin (Dundee United) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  5. Substitution

    Substitution, Dundee United. Aidan Connolly replaces Scott Fraser.

  6. Goal!

    Own Goal by Aaron Kuhl, Dundee United. Celtic 5, Dundee United 0.

  7. Post update

    Attempt missed. Nadir Ciftci (Celtic) header from the centre of the box is just a bit too high.

  8. Post update

    Corner, Celtic. Conceded by Sean Dillon.

  9. Post update

    Corner, Dundee United. Conceded by Efe Ambrose.

  10. Post update

    Corner, Dundee United. Conceded by Dedryck Boyata.

  11. Post update

    Hand ball by Gary Mackay-Steven (Celtic).

  12. Post update

    Corner, Celtic. Conceded by Aaron Kuhl.

  13. Post update

    Attempt saved. Jozo Simunovic (Celtic) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

  14. Substitution

    Substitution, Celtic. Callum McGregor replaces Stuart Armstrong.

  15. Booking

    Jozo Simunovic (Celtic) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  16. Post update

    Foul by Jozo Simunovic (Celtic).

  17. Post update

    Billy McKay (Dundee United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  18. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Tomas Rogic (Celtic) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

  19. Post update

    Foul by Tomas Rogic (Celtic).

  20. Post update

    Aaron Kuhl (Dundee United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Celtic129213192229
2Aberdeen128131813525
3Hearts127232014623
4Ross County125341814418
5Hamilton125341614218
6St Johnstone125252319417
7Dundee124441821-316
8Kilmarnock124351421-715
9Inverness CT123451115-413
10Motherwell12327915-611
11Partick Thistle12246915-610
12Dundee Utd12129926-175
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