Heavy defeat for United
Sat 16th Aug 12.45pm
Dundee United were really put to the sword as Celtic scored three times during each half in an emphatic 6-1 victory at Parkhead.
Newcomer Jason Denayer, Kris Commons and Stefan Johansen earned the champions a commanding interval advantage before Anthony Stokes' free-kick had Charlie Mulgrew claiming the final touch.
Substitute Jo Inge Berget then added two more either side of John Rankin replying with a deflected effort.
Denayer opened the floodgates on four minutes when steering into the roof of the net before Commons turned in Stokes' corner for a second goal.
Midfielder Johansen next dispossessed Paul Paton to make it even more comfortable at the break for the home side.
That continued following the restart with Stokes' free-kick witnessing Mulgrew celebrating what he believed was the final touch, and Berget turning in Efe Ambrose's knock-back of Stokes' corner.
Rankin did fire a consolation inside the near post on 71 minutes but Berget duly added another from close-range in the final minute.
Celtic also twice struck the woodwork through Callum McGregor and Stokes and could have had even more goals, while both Gary Mackay-Steven and Nadir Ciftci threatened at the other end.
Celtic: Gordon, Ambrose, van Dijk, Denayer, Izaguirre, Johansen (Kayal 46), Mulgrew, McGregor (Forrest 69), Commons, Stokes (Griffiths 70), Berget
subs (unused): Biton, Boerrigter, Zaluska
Goals: Denayer (4), Commons (27), Johansen (34), Stokes (54), Berget (62, 90)
Dundee United: Cierzniak, Watson, Fojut, Morris, Townsend, Paton, Rankin, Armstrong (Bilate 40), Mackay-Steven (Spittal 75), Ciftci, Dow (Erskine 57)
subs (unused): Graham, Telfer, Smith, McCallum
Goals: Rankin (71)
Ref: C. Thomson