Celtic v Dundee United

3 changes for Celtic. Matthews, Brown and Commons are replaced by Rogne, Kayal and Lassad. Forster remains absent with his neck strain so Zaluska will continue in goal against his former club.
















Thomson, Matthews, Gershon, Brown, Watt, Stokes, McGeouch.

We are desperately lacking width at the minute, I think this is a major problem for us in the domestic games as teams like to sit behind the ball and it becomes hard to pass through, having players who can run with the ball and inject some directness to the game is need and it also hasn’t helped that Forrest has had such an injury ravaged season. Hope Stokesy gets a run out at some stage.

I think that lack of width is why we’ve gone with a 4-3-3 in the last two games. We have plenty of centre midfield and striking options so this allows us to play an extra one of each in contrast to a 4-4-2 where the absence of natural wide players would be more of an issue. The full backs provided the width on the overlap on Saturday - Matthews was superb and it was one of Izzy’s better games so we’ll need Lustig and Izzy to perform similarly tonight.

Can’t find a working link at the moment. :mad:

Rocko? Anyone?

Alex Ferguson is at Celtic Park tonight. Obviously scouting a potential opponent for the Champions League final in Wembley in May.

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Gary Mackay-Steven has apparently missed a gilt-edged chance for them.

Smashing goal from a breakaway from their corner. Hooper to Lassad who delayed the pass to Samaras perfectly (using Hooper’s decoy run across him) and the Greek squared for Hooper to slam home. 21st goal of the season for the Englishman.

2-0. Corner from Mulgrew knocked back to Lustig whose deep cross was headed home on the run by Wanyama. Brilliant play by Hooper to set Lassad away in the move that led to the corner.

Villas-Boas is also at Celtic Park tonight. Spurs were linked with Hooper in the English media today.

Celtic nearly went three up before the break. A Samaras header from a Lassad cross was deflected wide and Wanyama then headed the resulting Mulgrew corner off the bar. Hooper then had the rebound cleared off the line before Lassad’s follow up was deflected wide for another corner.

Wanyama and Hooper have been excellent tonight. Lassad has impressed again too.

Brown for Kayal. Even second half so far.

Brilliant back heel finish by Hooper. Another assist for Samaras. Ah lovely. :clap:

Fast break again - Matthews (who came on for Lustig) and Lassad involved too.

Stokes coming on now for Lassad.

A rousing reception for Stokes. :clap: :ireland: :guns:

4-0! Odd decision by Hooper not to shoot but lovely finish from Scotty.

And Hooper sets up Brown for number 4! :clap:

He was trying to lay it on a plate for Stokes initially.

Not sure any other centre back in world football could have played that pass to Stokes just now. Terrific ball from Charles.

Full Time: Celtic 4-0 Dundee United.

The champions go 12 points clear. We’ll win the league if we keep playing like that.

Hooper was brilliant tonight with Wanyama not far behind him. Their suitors will have been suitably impressed.

Not back to the general Celtic thread for Neil’s comment regarding Hooper’s future at Celtic.

Are there two CL places next season? We’re certainly in contention.