Celtic draw with Dundee United
Lee Naylor was the hero for Celtic salvaging a point from their clash with Dundee United which ended 2-2.
The match at Tannadice swayed between both sides before finally ending in deadlock, but this scintillating affair could have gone either way - a game that was truly ‘a game of two halves’.
Dundee United struggled to deal with Celtic in the first half, while the roles were reversed in the second.
Aiden McGeady was in fine form, giving Paul Dixon a torrid time down the right wing in the early stages, and almost opened the scoring with only three minutes gone.
The Ireland winger ran at the defenders, but everyone backed off and his shot from the edge of the box went just over.
United were pinned back for long spells and conceded the opener when Scott McDonald was left unmarked in the box.
Paul Hartley sent a curling corner in that took a nick off Warren Feeney before the Australian headed in from a yard out to give The Bhoys a 23rd minute lead.
Five minutes after that opener, United had their first attempt on goal when Conway hit a tame effort from the edge of the area, but Celtic were looking comfortable and could have doubled their lead.
McDonald cut in onto his right foot to shoot low and Lukasz Zaluska had to use the full length of his arms to reach the powerful attempt.
The lively McGeady was unlucky not to get a goal five minutes before the break when he capitalised on a sloppy touch by Dixon.
The 22-year-old burst into the box, but the left-back recovered just in time to block his shot and concede a corner.
From the resulting set play Morgaro Gomis prevented Jan Vennegoor of Hesselink from ending his goal scoring drought.
The Dutchman headed the cross goalwards, but the former Chelsea trainee was on the line to clear the danger.
Craig Levein’s side looked like a different team in the second half, showing the hunger and creativity that was lacking before the interval.
Straight from the whistle United were taking the game to their opponents and got their reward after two minutes.
Dixon sent an inswinging cross to the near post where Francisco Sandaza nipped in ahead of Vennegoor of Hesselink to nod the ball past Artur Boruc.
The goal shocked Celtic and they were unable to deal with the fast-paced attacking play of the home side.
They paid the price in the 58th minute when Strachan’s men failed to react to a short free-kick.
James Wesolowski was allowed to pick out Sandaza on the edge of the box with a low cross, the Spaniard shot first time, and Boruc was unable to get close to his effort which flew into the bottom left corner.
Celtic reacted well to going a goal behind, piling the pressure on, but they were struggling to create any real chances with Lee Wilkie and Garry Kenneth repeatedly dealing with attacks.
McDonald and Gary Caldwell both went close in the closing stages for the away side, but when they were staring at a defeat they equalised through the most unlikely of sources.
A long throw was only cleared as far as the edge of the box, and from nowhere Lee Naylor unleashed a venomous volley which whistled past Zaluska into the net.
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