Celtic’s record win, 11-0 over Dundee in 1895, was the era before substitutes. Due to injuries, Dundee were down to 9 men before halftime. The 9-0 win over Aberdeen in 2010 benefited from three penalty kicks – and, as Aberdeen manager Mark McGhee put it after the game, Celtic had the attendance of Henrik Larsson in the stands to inspire them (honestly!).
By a subjective measure, yesterday’s 0-9 win at Tannadice is the most comprehensive victory in our illustrious history. Whether we would have added more, if Steven Fletcher received the red card that should have come his way after a 2nd minute studs-up and to the head challenge on Joe Hart, is open to speculation.
For me, the addition of Liel Abada to the starting line-up made everything click for Celtic. Set aside his hat-trick, that defence-splitting pass to Jota, who squared for Kyogo to start the rout, typified what he brings to proceedings. When Adaba, Jota and Kyogo synchronise like this, it is easy to get carried away.
History will not record that Dundee United competed well for over 30 minutes of this game. Celtic had some shaky moments at the back that would be exposed by better opponents. When Matt O’Riley won possession and the ball broke to Kyogo to score the second, the game was over as a contest. United looked as though they knew another pasting was coming their way and could do little to resist.
Alexandro Bernabei came on for his competitive debut and, playing as a left-sided attacker, did enough to encourage. Ange and his players will spend the coming days contemplating the form they have hit ahead of three important games in three different competitions. We have the League Cup first and cannot get ahead of ourselves.