Tangerines close with defeat
Sun 19th May 12.45pm
Dundee United's disappointing end to the season was maintained as champions Celtic emerged as convincing 4-0 victors at Tannadice.
Georgios Samaras scored twice for the visitors alongside further efforts from Kris Commons and Anthony Stokes.
It means that United suffered defeats in all but one of their last five games following the top-six split in the SPL.
Celtic wasted little time in taking control with Commons on target direct from an eleventh-minute free-kick and Samaras sending a deflected effort over goalkeeper Radoslaw Ciernzniak.
The Greek international then added his second ahead of the break when heading in another Commons free-kick.
At least the Hoops had to wait until five minutes from the end for their fourth goal courtesy of a deflected shot from substitute Stokes.
United were always under pressure during the first-half, although Celtic keeper Fraser Forster blocked well at the feet of Rory Boulding and also thwarted Mark Millar's firm drive.
But Ciernzniak did well to keep out a Joe Ledley header following the break and also later denied Scott Brown.
His opposite number Fraser Forster was in turn tested by skipper Jon Daly's twelve-yard volley on his final appearance for the club.
Dundee United: Cierzniak, Souttar, Daly, McLean, Flood, Rankin (Gauld 62), Millar, Douglas, Armstrong, Mackay-Steven (Dow 87), Boulding (Russell 66)
subs (unused): Anderson, Tornstrand, Ryan, Gardyne
Celtic: Forster, Lustig, Ambrose, Wilson, Izaguirre, McCourt (Rogic 68), Brown, Ledley, Commons (Stokes 68), Samaras (Atajic 83), Hooper
subs (unused): Zaluska, Gershon, Fisher, McGeouch
Goals: Commons (11), Samaras (17, 27), Stokes (85)