Neil Lennon named his Celtic side “extraordinary” as they easily beat Hamilton 3-0 away from home on Boxing Day.
Second-half strikes from Odsonne Edouard, Leigh Griffiths and David Turnbull made sure about the three points and stretched out their series of wins to five matches in all rivalries, yet the Scottish Cup last win over Hearts was on penalties.
Celtic anyway still stay 16 points behind adversaries Rangers at the highest point of the table, yet have three games close by, remembering an excursion to Ibrox for January 2. Celtic will be heading into their match with Dundee United having won every one of their last six group games against them since a 2-1 defeat in December 2014 under previous manager Ronny Deila.
Lennon will trust his side can keep up their great run of structure by taking all the three points in this match with the Old Firm derby coming up this end of the week.
Top goalscorer Nicky Clark came from bench to protect a point in added time for Dundee United as they drew 1-1 at home to Motherwell on Saturday.
Manager Micky Mellon piled acclaim on the 29-year-old, who has now arrived at twofold figures in all rivalries this season, scoring 47% of Dundee United’s goals in the Scottish Premiership.
The Tangerines are currently unbeaten in their last three group matches yet are without a success in their last seven away league games, having scored quite recently twice in this run. United additionally have a horrendous record against the Hoops, having lost nine of their last 10 away visits to Celtic Park, with this outing their first since a 5-0 whipping in 2015.
Mellon’s men had the option to hold Celtic until the 83rd moment in their last meeting when they barely lost 1-0 back in August and the United supervisor will trust that his side can remain in the game for as far as might be feasible by and by.
An unexpected triumph in midweek could see the Tangerines move inside eight purposes of fourth positioned Hibernian if they somehow managed to lose at home to Ross County.
Dundee United will be quick to retaliate for their defeat toward the beginning of the period against Celtic, anyway the Hoops have glanced more grounded as of late at the two closures of the pitch and should make sure about the three points in this match. Hence , we predict a win for Celtic.