Football Predictions shows the Scottish Premier League clash between Dundee United and Celtic, including hunches, preview and possible lineups.
Dundee United will try to keep their hopes of finishing in the top six in the Scottish Premiership alive when they receive Celtic to Tannadice on Sunday.
With Rangers now unassailable at the top of the table, Celtic will want to win as they seek a strong end to a disappointing campaign.
Dundee United are now four points behind sixth-placed St Mirren on the leaderboard, and the chances of the Arabs reaching half the table for the division appear to be minimal.
Winless in two games, Micky MellonThe men of the team go to the clash with the Celts after a 1-1 draw in Kilmarnock last weekend.
The result came in the wake of a 4-1 loss at Ibrox to Rangers, but before that, Mellon’s Terrors had managed to win 3-0 at home to Livingston, so consistency is clearly an issue.
Recent history is not on your side when it comes to facing Celtic, with United having lost their last nine games against the Bhoys in all competitions.
They also have trouble scoring goals against the green half of the Old Firm, failing to score goals in seven of their last nine games against Hoops in all competitions.
Captain Mark Reynolds acknowledged this week that players are losing their support for big games like this weekend’s clash with Celtic.
The lack of support from the crowd could only drain a crucial advantage in United’s attempt by the top six, with only two games remaining before the split.
Reynolds still feels it is possible to finish in the top six, but United will need three points this weekend to have a real chance.
Celtic beat Aberdeen 1-0 at Parkhead last weekend, a result that was at least an improvement over the abject defeat in Ross County the week before.
Interim Manager John Kennedy, which took over later Neil LennonThe departure of following the defeat to the Staggies was strongly suggested to receive a permanent job offer.
Eddie Howe, Rafael Benitez and Enzo Maresca it has also been linked to the hot seat at Celtic Park, so if Kennedy wants the job permanently, he will need to impress for the rest of the season.
The Celts should certainly take comfort in their recent history against United, as the Bhoys have scored at least three goals in seven of their last eight games against Terrors in all competitions.
Dundee United have scored in each of the last five games, so the Kennedy Bhoys will need to focus on defense if they are to avoid unpleasant surprises in Tannadice.
Hoops looks a lot like a team in transition at the moment, and a very dramatic reconstruction of the team can be expected once this season is out of the way.
A victory at Dundee would not do much to ease the pain of Rangers, who would possibly win the title this weekend, but the minds at Celtic must now be looking to the future.
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Dundee United coach Mellon cannot call Declan Glass, who is out for the rest of the season with an ACL injury.
Dillon Powers is expected to return from a head injury soon, but did not play against Kilmarnock last week.
Celtic striker Odsonne Edouard he may well be a little distracted this weekend, due to ongoing reports about his future away from Parkhead.
Reports indicate that a £ 15m transfer to Leicester City appears to be the most likely option for the striker, although the 23-year-old is also linked to Arsenal and Roma.
Defender Christopher Jullien, who has suffered a knee injury since September, posted some encouraging updates on social media about how his recovery is progressing, but he is unlikely to participate again this season.
James Forrest is another long-standing absence, while Greg Taylor failed to win over Aberdeen after limping out of defeat to Ross County due to muscle strain, and it remains to be seen whether he will be in shape for the trip to Tannadice.
Possible initial lineup for Dundee United:
Siegrist; Smith, Edwards, Reynolds, Robson; Harkes, Fuchs, Butcher, Sporle; Shankland, McNulty
Possible initial Celtic line-up:
Bain; Kenny, Welsh, Ajer, Laxalt; Brown; Turnbull, McGregor; Christie; Kilmala, Edouard
Probability: Dundee United 1-2 Celtic
Dundee United appears to be losing momentum shortly after an honorable first campaign back in the top flight.
Although Celtic has had problems lately, they must still be very strong for the tiring Terrors.
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