Celtic v Dundee United: Bhoys have chance to cement first place at Paradise

Celtic Champions League

Dundee United travel to Celtic Park for a fourth meeting in two weeks between the sides.

To be played at 15:00 on Saturday 21st 2015. Venue: Celtic Park, Glasgow.

Odds: Celtic 2/9, Draw 5/1, Dundee United 11/1

Four matches, six red cards, eight goals and three competitions. The marathon fixture comes to end on Saturday afternoon when Celtic face off against Dundee United for the fourth time in two weeks.

As the games have gone on Ronny Deila’s side have looked increasingly comfortable as their domination grows in each match, with Dundee United struggling to find a way past the current league champions.

The fixture is set for more fireworks with almost as many red cards as goals in the previous three matches, and the re-emergence of Ryan McGowan with his red being appealed doesn’t sit well with Celtic, and could add to the already volatile game.

Deila has branded Dundee United’s decision to appeal the card as ”stupid” and is clearly unimpressed with the decision that sees McGowan take part on Saturday.

Aberdeen sit just three points behind Celtic, so a win is a must for the Bhoys or they risk the Dons drawing level on points - with Celtic’s game in hand then becoming very important.

The Tangerines haven’t won a league game since the end of January and could use a victory to brighten the end of their Celtic nightmare. Keeping 11 men on the pitch will be vital for Jackie McNamara’s team if they are to stand any chance of winning, with any potential red cards damaging to their future games with players already missing through suspension.

Deila will be without the suspended Anthony Stokes, but Gary Mackay-Steven and Stuart Armstrong are both in contention to start in the league game after missing the previous three games through being cup-tied.

Adam Matthews could make a return in place of Efe Ambrose, while Charlie Mulgrew nears a comeback from injury with Saturday's game coming to soon for the Scotland international. 

McNamara is able to call upon McGowan due to his sending off being appealed, but defender Paul Dixon will miss out through suspension. 

Predicted Celtic line-up

Gordon, Ambrose, Denayer, Van Dijk, Izaguirre, Biton, Brown; Forrest, Commons, Mackay-Steven, Griffiths

Predicted Dundee United line-up

Cierzniak, Dixon, Fojut, McGowan, Paton, Spittal, Rankin, Butcher, Erskine, Dow, Ciftci

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