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Celtic bounce back with five-star drubbing of Dundee United

Celtic 5-0 Dundee United

Published 26/10/2015

Hoop la: Kris Commons takes the plaudits of his team mates
Hoop la: Kris Commons takes the plaudits of his team mates

Ronny Deila spoke of the enormous pressure at Celtic following their 5-0 thumping of Dundee United at Parkhead.

The Norwegian boss and his players were heavily criticised after their 3-1 defeat to Molde in the Europa League on Thursday left them bottom of Group A but returned to domestic duties with a bang.

A double from Kris Commons, one from the spot, and counters from Leigh Griffiths and Dedryck Boyata before a late deflected strike from skipper Scott Brown took the Hoops four points ahead of Aberdeen at the top of the Ladbrokes Premiership.

The Dons, who were five points ahead at one stage last month, have not won in four league matches and travel to Parkhead next week.

Asked if his players do not get enough credit for the good things they do, just picked on when things do not go well, Deila said: "It's hard at Celtic. When you are a successful club, winning trophies - we have done it (won the title) four times and hopefully (will) do it a fifth time this year - and winning cups then everybody wants you down except the Celtic fans and you get everything thrown at you. When you have done a lot of good things the demands get very, very high and that is how it is at clubs like this.

"Some weeks ago we had a lot of critics because we were five points behind and now we've suddenly turned it around in a month. That is something we should be proud of.

"And if you look around you, now it is Aberdeen having troubles but it's not the same pressure as it is at Celtic.

"But that's how it is here and everybody has to cope with it.

"I'm very happy and pleased with the performance today. You need character to do what we did and they really showed it."

United remain five points adrift of Partick Thistle at the bottom of the table after 12 matches.

Mixu Paatelainen, after only his second match in charge following a 1-0 defeat by Hearts, was scathing of his side's performance and described the afternoon as a "painful experience".

The former United striker said: "We were rubbish with a capital R.

"You can set out your tactics and do whatever you want on the training ground but if you don't do your basic fundamentals right, everything goes in the rubbish bin.

"And that is what happened today."

CELTIC: Gordon, Ambrose, Boyata, Simunovic, Tierney, Brown, Johansen, Commons (Rogic 65), Armstrong (McGregor 73), Mackay-Steven, Griffiths (Ciftci 65)

Subs not used: Blackett, Bitton, Lustig, Bailly

Goals: Griffiths 23, Boyata 40, Commons 45 (pen), 53, Kuhl 89 (og)

Booked: Simunovic

DUNDEE: Zwick, Souttar, McGowan, Durnan, Dillon, Telfer (Murray 66), Kuhl, Fraser (Connolly 91), Rankin, Mckay, Bodul (Taggart 55)

Subs not used: Szromnik, Donaldson, Souttar, Robson

Booked: Fraser

Man of the match: Kris Commons

Match rating: 7/10

Referee: Craig Thomson

Belfast Telegraph

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