Tannadice perfect preparation for Champions League


I can remember a few comfortable wins at Tannadice but only when Celtic have played at their very best.  Even good Celtic teams have found Dundee United a handful for over 30 years.  Tomorrow will be no different.

I watched some of United’s League Cup game against Hearts on Wednesday, it’s hard to figure out where Peter Houston is taking them, but they remain recognisable as Dundee United, they are skilful and play a fast, passing, game.  In many respects, they are the perfect domestic opponent to face before meeting Barcelona.

The shadow of Champions League football will cast itself over Neil Lennon’s plans, even though the manager will understand the best preparation for a big game is to win the previous game, so Celtic will travel with as much urgency as they can muster.

We need a point to replace Edinburgh Hibernians (it is the modern style to use pre-liquidation names) at the top of the SPL, anything less would be unsatisfactory.

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  1. imagine a few bodies will be rested tomorrow. but i am with Tallybhoy – 3 v 0 to the leather belts!

  2. Neil canamalar Lennon hunskelper extrordinaire on

    Any player distracted by the Barca game should be dropped, if you don’t eat your dinner you can’t get any pudding

  3. Can someone please explain the logic


    in players wearing short sleaves and gloves.


    Only askin.

  4. gordon64



    19:05 on


    3 November, 2012


    Can someone please explain the logic


    in players wearing short sleaves and gloves.


    Only askin.





    Want a sun tan on their arms?

  5. Dundee Hibernian were founded in 1909 after the demise of Dundee Harp.



    They changed their name to Dundee United in 1923.




  6. charles kickham on




    I’ll need to check the next catalogue – I could do with one of them

  7. charles kickham




    I usually just cut off the arm from a sweater and stick a bobble hat on the end, sorted

  8. celtic_first



    19:01 on


    3 November, 2012



    If you use an ipad, that link forces a popup which requires a hard reset to get control of your ipad back.



    Dont recommend it…




  9. As i said was at Thistle v Cove Rangers with the bhoy. Decent game. A few ex Celts on show. Scott Fox in goal and O’donnell at right back. O’donnell in particular was impressive. Composed and used the ball well.


    Paul Slane came on as sub. Some good touches but not much work ethic.

  10. From 2003. How things have changed. Or not



    Thank God for Walter, David and his ego. They killed Rangers.







    Motherwell administrator Bryan Jackson has welcomed the news of Rangers’ rejection of another big-money deal for Arthur Numan as a sign that Scottish football is putting its financial house in order.


    Jackson believes that the Dutch international defender will not be the last big name to leave the Scottish Premier League having been told that his club can no longer afford their substantial salaries.



    But he is hopeful that it is a sign that football is “bottoming out” of the worst financial crisis ever to hit the game in Scotland.



    Numan to retire


    Numan had offered to take a pay cut to extend his stay at Ibrox beyond five years.



    I think it is quite good that reality has kicked in


    Motherwell administrator Bryan Jackson



    But it is suggested that he rejected the suggestion of a pay-as-you-play deal offered by SPL leaders suffering from massive debts.



    Jackson, also administrator to Clydebank, who last season exited the Scottish Football League due to financial problems, told BBC’s Reporting Scotland programme: “If all the clubs start to take that attitude, players will not like to hear it, but wages will come down and the industry will be through its worst.



    “I think it is quite good that reality has kicked in, even with the big clubs.”



    Veteran Argentine World Cup striker Claudio Caniggia is another likely to leave Rangers at the end of the season.



    Caniggia considers other offers


    “I think, overall, there will be a lot more players leaving and I think we will see more youngsters given a chance, as is the case at Motherwell, and that can only be good for Scottish football,” said Jackson.



    Motherwell are still no closer to finding a buyer after more than 10 months in administration and Jackson does not believe that one will be found until overheads in the industry overall come down in line with turnover.



    However, he stressed that Motherwell were now operating at break even, were not under pressure to sell players and that he hoped to attract a buyer in time to begin negotiations during the summer break.



    Installing undersoil heating is not in the budget at the moment




    Motherwell administrator Bryan Jackson


    The club’s finances were not helped by the loss of nearly £100,000 from Saturday’s postponement of their televised home league match against Celtic.



    Motherwell launched their own internal inquiry into why their system failed to beat the frost and have written an explanation to the SPL in the hope of avoiding a fine for breaching league rules requiring adequate pitch protection.



    Motherwell probe call-off


    “Installing undersoil heating is not in the budget at the moment and we do have pitch protection,” said Jackson.



    “We had technical problems with it on Saturday, but it has worked well over the years and we are confident it was a one-off situation.



    “As far as we are concerned, we are not in breach of any regulations.”



    Motherwell hope to have the pitch playable for Wednesday’s league visit by Dunfermline Athletic.

  11. •-:¦:-•** -:¦:- sparkleghirl :¦:-.•**• -:¦:-• on



    18:58 on


    3 November, 2012


    That’s the one. Though to be honest that’s not why I don’t wear one. I used to, I used to thing it represented my respect for those that fought in the WWs. Now it represents something different and I don’t like it.






    19:00 on


    3 November, 2012



    It’s seems to be compulsory were I work if your a hun to were a poppy.



    The poppy is not been worn by thems as a mark of respect to the fallen but as an arrogant statement of watp.



    It’s the complusory nature of it – in society as a whole – that I don’t like. I think what I’m saying is, if I want to honour the war dead, or give to ex-servicemen’s charities, then I’ll do so because I want to and not to fit in with what everyone else thinks I should do.

  12. charles kickham on

    tim tanium



    I never knew the boy slane was out on loan – I know he has had his fair share of injuries – maybe regular football at that level will be good for him

  13. Celtic_First



    Dundee Hibernian/United are the same club – never been liquidated!



    Just as Ardwick are now Manchester City, and Newton Heath are Manchester United!




  14. ‘ We need a point to replace Edinburgh Hibernians (it is the modern style to use pre-liquidation names) at the top of the SPL, anything less would be unsatisfactory.’



    A wee classic, Paul.



    We have to beat Dundee Hibernian to overtake Edinburgh Hibernian.



    I quite like this idea of retaining your name & your history.

  15. I am extremely respectful of those who died in WW2 and WW1 and attend Remembrance Day services. I have relatives who fought in WW2 and a relative who died in WW1.



    I travelled with my father a few years back to Bethune , France to pay our respects at his grave.



    I will however , not wear the poppy. It has come to be obligatory, worn by Orcs as some kind of proof of their special race.



    Nor do I respect the British army of today for atrocities committed in Ireland, Afghanistan, Iraq et al…….



    Hail hail