Date: 5th April 2014 at 11:39pm
Written by: Vital Arabs

Dundee United were left reflecting on a poor first-half display as Celtic emerged as comfortable 2-0 winners at Tannadice.

Georgios Samaras fired them in front from an early free-kick delivered by Kris Commons and Anthony Stokes doubled the lead before the break.

The Tangerines were immediately playing catch-up when Beram Kayal was fouled on five minutes and Commons supplied Samaras to volley home from twelve-yards.

Gavin Gunning hoisted over in reply from a Ryan Dow cross before Stokes swapped passes with Commons and struck high past Radoslaw Cierzniak to extend the advantage.

Home boss Jackie McNamara introduced Gary Mackay-Steven at the break but it was the unmarked Keith Watson missing with a header before Dow was ruled offside after converting Mackay-Steven’s pass.

Celtic substitute Leigh Griffiths was then twice denied by Cierzniak, who also kept out Commons before opposite number Fraser Forster later thwarted both Mackay-Steven and Stuart Armstrong.

Dundee United: Cierzniak, Watson, Dillon, Gunning, Robertson, Paton, Rankin, Armstrong, Ciftci (El Alagui 81), Graham (Mackay-Steven 46), Dow (Gauld 65)

subs (unused): Wilson, Souttar, Gomis, McCallum

Celtic: Forster, Brown, Ambrose, van Dijk, Izaguirre, Henderson (Griffiths 52), Kayal, Johansen (Mouyokolo 90), Commons, Samaras (Balde 88), Stokes

subs (unused): Pukki, Herron, O’Connell, Zaluska

Goals: Samaras (5), Stokes (24)

Ref: C. Thomson

Att: 11,033

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