United deny Celtic top spot with late winner

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A dramatic last-gasp winner from Darren Dods gave Dundee United their first victory over Celtic in 10 years at Tannadice yesterday.

In the 71st minute of an enthralling encounter, former Tangerines' midfielder Barry Robson sent Nicky Weaver the wrong way from the penalty spot after United captain Dods clumsily tripped him in the box. It looked like Celtic would go two points clear of Old Firm rivals Rangers, but the Tangerines had other ideas. With seven minutes remaining, the United substitute Jon Daly, playing his first competitive game since April following a knee injury, headed the equaliser from Danny Swanson's corner. And with just seconds of normal time remaining, Swanson fired another corner into the box, allowing Dods to atone for his earlier lapse by banging home the winner.

Celtic passed up the chance to leapfrog Rangers to the top of the table, but manager Tony Mowbray claimed not to be too concerned: "I judge my team on the performance level and whilst we didn't get the result, it shows me that this team can go on and be successful for a very long time."

Asked about Mowbray's assertion about the "gulf in class between the two teams," Dundee United manager Craig Levein joked: "We weren't that much better than them. We did to Celtic what they quite often do to other teams, and that's come from behind and win the game late on."