Writer: Vital Arabs
Date:Saturday November 20 2010
Sat 20th Nov
Dundee United face the first of their Old Firm double-header on Saturday afternoon when travelling to Parkhead to take on Celtic. Eight days later Peter Houston's side come up against current SPL leaders Rangers at Tannadice. The Arabs have already lost against both clubs this season, but certainly pushed the green half of Glasgow much closer when having home advantage against them last month.
"I think that game at Tannadice last month had a bit of everything," manager Neil Lennon told Celtic's official website. "I`m not too sure you can replicate that again but you never know. They are a good side and they have potential match winners in the team, but so do we and we`re coming off the back of a really good result last weekend, so I think the players will be looking forward to the game."
"Last time we played them it was a fantastic game and it took until the dying minutes for Celtic to get the winner," Arabs boss Peter Houston explained to BBC Scotland. "In the furore that has followed I think that has been lost a bit and nobody has really talked about how well both teams played. It was a fantastic game, full of open football. This one is at Parkhead so we're expecting Celtic to have a lot of the ball and attack us. But our players have no fear and we'll be trying to create problems for them."
Joe Ledley returns for Celtic from a one-match ban, but former Hibernian striker Anthony Stokes has been laid low by a virus and is not expected to feature. Elsewhere, Scott Brown (foot), Beram Kayal (groin) and James Forrest (ankle) are still missing.
Celtic (from): Forster, Wilson, Cha Du-Ri, Ledley, McGinn, Majstorovic, Juarez, McCourt, Rogne, Izaguirre, Ki, Murphy, Hooper, Maloney, Hooiveld, Crosas, Zaluska, Towell
Welsh interntional midfielder returning from one-match suspension after recently being sent-off at Hearts.
Craig Conway will be out of action for six weeks after knee surgery this week, while midfielder Scott Robertson is doubtful. Defensive trio Darren Dods, Scott Severin and Mihael Kovacevic are definitely sidelined. But Danny Swanson and skipper Jon Daly could return after starting on the bench for the recent 1-1 home draw with Kilmarnock.
Dundee United (from): Pernis, Dillon, Watson, Dixon, Douglas, Kenneth, S. Robertson, D. Robertson, Swanson, Gomis, Buaben, Shala, Cadamarteri, Goodwillie, Daly, Russell, Dow, Armstrong, Mentel, Banks
Will be crucial at the back when the visitors come under the expected threat, particularly as the experienced Scott Severin is again absent.
Just a solitary point gained from successive home games against Kilmarnock and St Mirren has rather checked United's progress after consecutive victories over Hamilton and Hibernian. For their part, Celtic scored nine in their last home game against Aberdeen.
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Date:Saturday November 20 2010
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