Writer: Vital Arabs
Date:Friday October 15 2010
Sun 17th Oct
Dundee United welcome current leaders Celtic to Tannadice on Sunday lunchtime, looking to end their visitors' perfect seven-game start to the campaign. The two Glasgow clubs are currently locked at the top of the table ahead of their first clash of the season next week, and Peter Houston's side will be looking to upset one half of the city before then and continue their own ascent up the division.
"To beat any half of the Old Firm you obviously needs guts and determination," Arabs manager Peter Houston told BBC Sport. "That's something we've shown a lot of recently. It's always nice when you're able to top it all off with some flowing football and good goals. It's not always possible but that's certainly what we'll be trying to do."
"I want my team, firstly, to go out and win the game. Every game we play is a must-win game for us. The bonus of that is that we play in a certain style, manager Neil Lennon told Celtic's official website. "I think we have brought players in here who can play an attacking style of football and we have players who are decent defensively too. We are building as we go along and are looking for the right ingredients all the time - to put a team out that the fans enjoy watching and which is a winning team into the bargain."
Winger Craig Conway is expected to make a timely return after five weeks on the sidelines, while defenders Garry Kenneth and Darren Dods are similarly fit. But midfielder Danny Swanson is still ruled out.
Dundee United (from): Pernis, Dillon, Dods, Watson, Kenneth, Severin, Dixon, Douglas, Gomis, D. Robertson, S. Robertson, Buaben, Conway, Goodwillie, Daly, Cadamarteri, Shala, Russell, Hill, Dow, Banks
His return would be a massive boost to the Arabs
Celtic are without skipper Scott Brown who has been ruled out until the New Year, in addition to fellow midfielder Beram Kayal. However, Emilio Izaguirre, Paddy McCourt, Jos Hooiveld and Niall McGinn all return.
Celtic (from): Forster, Loovens, Cha Du-Ri, Hooiveld, Izaguirre, Majstorovic, Juarez, Stokes, Ledley, Ki, Samaras, Murphy, Hooper, McGinn, McCourt, Crosas, Maloney, Wilson, Zaluska, Twardzik, Towell
Scored twice in their latest 3-1 victory over Hamilton Academical.
The Arabs will be chasing a third straight league victory after recent triumphs over Kilmarnock and St Johnstone.
Dundee United - Motherwell (A); Celtic - Rangers (H)
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Date:Friday October 15 2010
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