After a brilliant Paradise Wednesday in midweek the worry was always how would Celtic play after a hard midweek game, we all expected wholesale changes, but there were three and all forced, Forrest (Ankle) Samaras (Personal) and Mulgrew (ill)
Today wasn’t brilliant but before the game Lennon would have taken 1-0 with an OG in the last minutes, in the end it was a sublime free kick from Anthony Stokes
Celtic started strong against Dundee United with Lustig having a powerful shot blocked then the impressive Van Dijk coming close twice, once with a brilliant run and shot over the bar and another with a long range shot and a brilliant take from Stokes taken from the chest and volleyed wide, the signs were the side were on form, Lennon said after the game the park was very dry and this is maybe why our good passing players like the superb Chris Commons were unable to string 2 passes together with any runners throughout, we missed natural width today with the three missing from midweek
Dundee United came back into it with new player Ciftci testing Forster in goals with a decent free kick. Not long into the second half and it was a fright for Celtic when Lustig went down with what looked like a nasty ankle injury, the word is no hospital needed and possible ligament tweak, with the International break upon us, he may be back for the next game, but for a while it looked bad.
With the clock running down and Celtic looking tired Stokes was clever after a clumsy challenge from Watson in the United defence, free kick on the edge of the box, the ref put the ball down, turned round, Stokes pulled the ball back a few feet to give him more space to move the ball and it worked, brilliant free kick floated into the near post came off the inside of the post hit the other post and went in, 1-0, 3 points, job done
During the game we heard Celtic had signed Finnish striker Teemu Pukki from German side Schalke hot on the heels after signing Israeli midfielder Nir Biton with the promise of two more coming in before the 11pm deadline tonight
All in a good day for Celtic and topping off a brilliant week for everyone connected to the club