Dundee United 1-3 Celtic; Deila's men coast to victory despite resting stars

Dundee United Tannadice

Celtic eased past Dundee United with a 3-1 scoreline this afternoon.

Celtic eased past Dundee United at Tannadice this afternoon, defeating Jackie McNamara's side 3-1 to prepare for this week's clash with Malmo in style.

Bhoys manager Ronny Deila made a host of changes to his side today, with the game against Malmo clearly in mind - but that didn't stop his side from winning the game convincingly.

Leigh Griffiths got the ball rolling for Celtic, beating the offside trap before rounding Dundee United goalkeeper Luis Zwick and tapping into the empty net.

The Bhoys made it two on the stroke of half time, with a superb counter attack ending in Kris Commons' pass being diverted into the net by Mark Durnan for a comical own goal.

They did strike back immediately though, as Chris Erskine scored from the penalty spot after Efe Ambrose had brought down Scott Fraser.

New signing Scott Allan came on to make his Celtic debut, and just five minutes later, the Bhoys wrapped up the victory was Callum McGregor's strike from the edge of the box took a deflection and sneaked into the corner.

The result leaves Celtic top of the Scottish Premiership, but Deila's focus will now be on the midweek trip to Malmo as their Champions League hopes are on the line following a narrow 3-2 victory in the first leg.

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