Ange Postecoglou’s Celtic smashes nine past Dundee United in record win

Kyogo Furuhashi scored a first-half hat-trick in Celtic's record 9-0 win at Dundee United.

Kyogo Furuhashi scored a first-half hat-trick in Celtic's record 9-0 win at Dundee United. Photo: AP

Kyogo Furuhashi and Liel Abada notched hat-tricks as Celtic thrashed Dundee United 9-0 on another record-breaking afternoon for Ange Postecoglou.

The Australian’s team created a new club landmark on Sunday by recording its biggest away Scottish league victory.

Jota, Josip Juranovic and Carl Starfelt were also on target at Tannadice as the Scottish Premiership champions recorded their biggest win since defeating Mark McGhee’s Aberdeen by the same score in 2010.

Celtic cut open United time and again to leave Tannadice manager Jack Ross facing major questions with his side now having conceded 23 goals in just four matches.

The victory was the biggest away win in Scottish Premiership history and put Celtic back on top after its fifth win from five games.

Celtic manager Postecoglou made three changes.

Starfelt and Abada were handed their first starts of the season, while Reo Hatate was recalled. Giorgos Giakoumakis was absent.

Celtic soon took the lead in the 15th minute. Abada sent Jota in behind and Furuhashi had kept himself ahead of the United defence to allow himself time to take a touch and slot home.

But the real flurry of goals started in the 40th minute when Furuhashi swept the ball first time into the top corner from 20 metres.

Celtic went in for the kill and scored a brilliant third in stoppage time. A first-time pass from Juranovic, a dummy from Hatate, and a first-time cross from Matt O’Riley opened up United and Abada squared for Furuhashi to tap in.

The visiting fans were singing ‘‘piling on the agony, putting on the style’’, a song about their 7-1 League Cup final win over Rangers, and it was clear their team were intent on following suit.

In first-half stoppage time, O’Riley’s touch sent Abada in behind and he crossed for Jota to net from close range.

Half-time brought no shift in momentum.

Callum McGregor’s pass to Jota put United on the back foot and O’Riley squared for Abada to knock home in the 50th minute.

Juranovic drilled home five minutes later after O’Riley’s free kick had hit the wall and, after Fletcher hit the post at the other end, number seven came just before the hour mark.

Jota found Hatate’s run and the Japanese midfielder squared for Abada to knock home.

Postecoglou soon brought on four substitutes and there was a temporary lull in proceedings before Abada dinked the ball home after Daizen Maeda had helped on Socceroo Aaron Mooy’s lofted ball in the 77th minute.

Starfelt headed David Turnbull’s corner in off the post four minutes later and the Celtic fans chanted, ‘‘We want 10’’.

They came close on several occasions.

Turnbull’s header appeared to bounce over the line and spin back, Starfelt had a header cleared off the line, McGregor swept a shot just wide, but United was spared the embarrassment of conceding double figures.


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