Celtic beat United to reach semi-finals

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Giorgos Giakoumakis makes it 2-0 to Celtic
Giorgos Giakoumakis knocks Celtic into a 2-0 lead from close range

Celtic will face Rangers in the Scottish Cup semi-finals after seeing off a battling Dundee United.

A deflected shot from Callum McGregor gave the visitors a half-time lead, while a dreadful blunder from goalkeeper Ben Siegrist resulted in a tap-in for Giorgos Giakoumakis.

The striker grabbed a late second goal, helping on an effort from substitute Karamoko Dembele.

United pressed valiantly but posed little threat in attack at Tannadice.

The win stretches the Scottish Premiership leaders’ run of unbeaten domestic games to 30.

Celtic, who have lifted the cup a record 40 times, join Rangers, Hearts and Hibernian in the last four – the first time the Glasgow and Edinburgh clubs have all made it this far together.

And, with the League Cup already in the trophy room and a three-point lead in the league, fans’ thoughts will be turning to a potential fifth treble in six seasons.

Amid the early hustle and bustle, Celtic forward Daizen Maeda brushed the roof of the net from a long way out.

The breakthrough came on 12 minutes when McGregor ran on to a short corner and let fly from the edge of the penalty area. Nicky Clark stuck a leg out in an attempt to block, but only succeeded in diverting the ball away from Siegrist.

The goal knocked the stuffing out of the home side for a while, as did the loss of energetic midfielder Ian Harkes to injury, but a wild challenge from Reo Hatate on Kieran Freeman reignited United after half an hour.

However, an increase in aggression and work-rate did not stem the flow of Celtic attacks and there was a moment of controversy when the visitors thought they had scored a second goal.

Maeda squeezed a shot in from close range but the ball had come his way via the arm of Giakoumakis. It wasn’t a deliberate action from the Greek, with the changed rulebook therefore suggesting the goal should have stood.

Soon after, McGregor sent a fizzing effort just wide of the top corner and a swivelling Giakoumakis then volleyed off target.

The hosts continued to graft commendably after the interval, although they were undone by too many errant passes.

Just when it looked like Celtic had been knocked off their stride, they were handed a gift by Siegrist, who fumbled a cross from Maeda at the feet of Giakoumakis and the striker could not miss.

Thereafter, Ange Postecoglou’s side managed to keep United at bay without too much fuss and found a late goal when Dembele’s deflected shot looped up nicely for Giakoumakis to nudge home.

Man of the match – Callum McGregor

Celtic captain Callum McGregor opened the scoring at Tannadice
Celtic captain Callum McGregor knocked in the opener and helped his midfield overcome determined opponents with a typically assured display

Player of the match

McGregorCallum McGregor

Dundee United

  1. Squad number2Player nameSmith

  2. Squad number1Player nameSiegrist

  3. Squad number18Player nameButcher

  4. Squad number12Player nameEdwards

  5. Squad number29Player nameGraham

  6. Squad number22Player nameFreeman

  7. Squad number19Player nameLevitt

  8. Squad number7Player nameNiskanen

  9. Squad number10Player nameClark

  10. Squad number23Player nameHarkes

  11. Squad number9Player nameMcNulty

  12. Squad number46Player nameThomson

  13. Squad number17Player nameMeekison

  14. Squad number3Player nameSpörle

  15. Squad number6Player nameMcDonald

Celtic

  1. Squad number42Player nameMcGregor

  2. Squad number7Player nameGiakoumakis

  3. Squad number20Player nameCarter-Vickers

  4. Squad number88Player nameJuranovic

  5. Squad number49Player nameForrest

  6. Squad number33Player nameO’Riley

  7. Squad number38Player nameMaeda

  8. Squad number3Player nameTaylor

  9. Squad number15Player nameHart

  10. Squad number41Player nameHatate

  11. Squad number77Player nameDembele

  12. Squad number4Player nameStarfelt

  13. Squad number18Player nameRogic

  14. Squad number16Player nameMcCarthy

  15. Squad number19Player nameJohnston

  16. Squad number21Player nameIdeguchi

Line-ups

Dundee Utd

Formation 3-5-2

  • 1Siegrist
  • 18ButcherBooked at 49mins
  • 12Edwards
  • 29Graham
  • 22FreemanSubstituted forSpörleat 66′minutes
  • 2Smith
  • 19LevittSubstituted forMeekisonat 72′minutes
  • 23HarkesSubstituted forMcDonaldat 28′minutes
  • 7NiskanenBooked at 57mins
  • 10Clark
  • 9McNultySubstituted forThomsonat 71′minutes

Substitutes

  • 3Spörle
  • 4Mulgrew
  • 6McDonald
  • 13Eriksson
  • 15Akinola
  • 17Meekison
  • 46Thomson
  • 58Anim Cudjoe

Celtic

Formation 4-3-3

  • 15Hart
  • 88Juranovic
  • 20Carter-Vickers
  • 4Starfelt
  • 3Taylor
  • 33O’RileySubstituted forMcCarthyat 76′minutes
  • 42McGregorSubstituted forIdeguchiat 87′minutes
  • 41HatateBooked at 30minsSubstituted forRogicat 45′minutes
  • 49ForrestSubstituted forJohnstonat 76′minutes
  • 7GiakoumakisBooked at 86mins
  • 38MaedaSubstituted forDembeleat 76′minutes

Substitutes

  • 2Jullien
  • 6Bitton
  • 10Ajeti
  • 16McCarthy
  • 18Rogic
  • 19Johnston
  • 21Ideguchi
  • 29Bain
  • 56Ralston
  • 57Welsh
  • 77Dembele

Referee:
John Beaton

Attendance:
8,553

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