Kyogo celebrates his hat-trick - his second for Celtic
Kyogo celebrates his hat-trick – his second for Celtic

Celtic strolled to an incredible record-breaking away league victory by humiliating beleaguered Dundee United to climb back to the top of the Scottish Premiership.

Ange Postecoglou’s side looked utterly irresistible in attack as they scored nine goals for the first time in 12 years to inflict United’s worst ever home defeat.

Hat-tricks from Kyogo Furuhashi and Liel Abada blew away their hosts at Tannadice, with Jota, Josip Juranovic and Carl Starfelt also scoring.

It means Celtic are two points clear of Rangers at the summit of the Premiership, while Jack Ross’ side have now lost five on the spin to sit anchored at the bottom with a solitary point from the opening day.

It took Celtic 15 minutes to open the scoring, slicing United apart on the first of many occasions. Abada split the home defence with a through ball, finding Jota, whose cross met an unmarked Kyogo.

Carljohan Eriksson then produced a few fine saves, but his afternoon would only go downhill from there. The second goal was perhaps the pick of the bunch, Kyogo curling in a first-time effort from 25 yards straight into the top corner.

Matt O’Riley combined with Abada to create the third, once again finding Kyogo – who had the freedom of Dundee to tap home his hat-trick.

There was still time in the first half for a fourth. Another tap in, this time for Jota, who may have been offside.

The half-time whistle was sweet relief for United, if only for 15 minutes. Abada got his first soon after the restart when, yet again, Celtic ruthlessly cut their hosts open. Jota found O’Riley who squared across for the winger to add the fifth.

The sixth was comical. Celtic’s free-kick routine resulted in O’Riley drilling the ball into a crouched Reo Hatate, but the ball came back to Josip Juranovic off his team-mate to then drive into the bottom corner from the edge of the box.

Hatate set up the next goal, this time deliberately. Once again, Celtic waltzed through a gaping United defence, with the Japanese midfielder squaring for Abada to finish with ease.

The Israeli scored his hat-trick when he got onto the end of substitute Daizen Maeda’s deflected cross, to dink over Eriksson with his final touch of the game.

Not content with eight, defender Starfeldt got in on the act, nodding in a corner to break a record which has stood for 34 years – when they beat Hamilton Accies 8-0 away from home.

Man of the Match – Matt O’Riley

He didn't score, but O'Riley was the creator supreme for Celtic
He didn’t score, but O’Riley was the creator supreme for Celtic

Unstoppable Celtic batter bruised United in record-shattering victory – analysis

Ange Postecoglou said before kick-off that when Celtic are at their best, they are hard to stop. He might have been selling his team short.

Time and time again his side sliced open a porous United defence who looked shell-shocked, conceding eight goals in an hour of football.

Some of the build-up play as Celtic crept towards the box was almost menacing, such was the inevitability of a goal.

They were untouchable, insatiable, irresistible. United had been warned this is what Celtic can do, after Kilmarnock were similarly eviscerated. They did not pay heed.

Twenty one goals in five games. The record for a league season is 116.

What’s next?

Both sides are in midweek League Cup action as the competition reaches the round of 16. United travel to Livingston, whilst Celtic travel north to Ross County (both 19:45 BST).

Player of the match

FuruhashiKyogo Furuhashi

Dundee United

  1. Squad number13Player nameEriksson

  2. Squad number19Player nameLevitt

  3. Squad number6Player nameGraham

  4. Squad number12Player nameEdwards

  5. Squad number9Player nameFletcher

  6. Squad number15Player nameMiddleton

  7. Squad number22Player nameFreeman

  8. Squad number2Player nameSmith

  9. Squad number17Player nameMeekison

  10. Squad number3Player nameMcMann

  11. Squad number23Player nameHarkes

  12. Squad number18Player nameMcGrath

  13. Squad number10Player nameClark

  14. Squad number7Player nameNiskanen

  15. Squad number14Player nameSibbald


  1. Squad number8Player nameFuruhashi

  2. Squad number11Player nameAbada

  3. Squad number17Player nameJota

  4. Squad number33Player nameO’Riley

  5. Squad number41Player nameHatate

  6. Squad number20Player nameCarter-Vickers

  7. Squad number38Player nameMaeda

  8. Squad number42Player nameMcGregor

  9. Squad number4Player nameStarfelt

  10. Squad number3Player nameTaylor

  11. Squad number88Player nameJuranovic

  12. Squad number14Player nameTurnbull

  13. Squad number13Player nameMooy

  14. Squad number1Player nameHart

  15. Squad number49Player nameForrest

  16. Squad number25Player nameBernabei


Dundee Utd

Formation 5-3-2

  • 13Eriksson
  • 22Freeman
  • 2Smith
  • 12Edwards
  • 6Graham
  • 3McMann
  • 17MeekisonSubstituted forMcGrathat 58′minutes
  • 19Levitt
  • 23HarkesSubstituted forSibbaldat 58′minutes
  • 9FletcherBooked at 4minsSubstituted forClarkat 58′minutes
  • 15MiddletonSubstituted forNiskanenat 63′minutes


  • 1Birighitti
  • 4Mulgrew
  • 7Niskanen
  • 10Clark
  • 14Sibbald
  • 16Behich
  • 18McGrath
  • 28Anim Cudjoe
  • 32Watt


Formation 4-3-3

  • 1Hart
  • 88Juranovic
  • 20Carter-Vickers
  • 4Starfelt
  • 3Taylor
  • 33O’RileySubstituted forTurnbullat 62′minutes
  • 42McGregor
  • 41HatateSubstituted forMooyat 62′minutes
  • 11AbadaSubstituted forBernabeiat 78′minutes
  • 8FuruhashiSubstituted forForrestat 62′minutes
  • 17Neves FilipeSubstituted forMaedaat 62′minutes


  • 6Jenz
  • 13Mooy
  • 14Turnbull
  • 16McCarthy
  • 25Bernabei
  • 31Siegrist
  • 38Maeda
  • 49Forrest
  • 56Ralston

Steven McLean


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