Substitute Albian Ajeti spared Celtic from one other early-season title setback as his behind strike earned a Scottish Premiership victory at Dundee United.
The Swiss forward, on his league debut, lashed house his first Celtic aim after 83 minutes to prevent the champions suffering a 2d successive intention.
Odsonne Edouard hit a put up and Benjamin Siegrist beautifully kept the company at bay earlier than the rigidity told.
Celtic path leaders Rangers by six parts having conducted two video games fewer.
United had impressively subdued Neil Lennon’s aspect, who were having fun with their first league fixture in 13 days after having two video games postponed for defender Boli Bolingoli’s quarantine transgression.
But the behind blow leaves Micky Mellon’s Premiership novices fifth, stage on parts with Celtic.
It turned into a story of Celtic frustration for a long way of this Tannadice discover as United – with four gamers extinct 22 or under – energetically pressured the company out of their trot.
Each time Celtic within the damage breached the wall of tangerine, they came upon Siegrist in impressed rep.
After Edouard thumped the outside of the ideal from Trace Reynolds’ attempted clearance, Siegrist saved neatly from Ryan Christie and Edouard.
The theme persisted after the restart, with Christie thwarted as United’s Swiss goalkeeper clawed away a shot that seemed destined for the head nook.
Jamie Robson had United’s first effort heading within the suitable direction appropriate jumpy of 70 minutes, however the respite turned into temporary.
Celtic kept pushing and substitute James Forrest fired inches over, Callum McGregor drilled broad and Edouard grazed the bar with a free-kick.
Their perseverance within the damage paid off when Siegrist all over again foiled Christie, but turned into helpless as Ajeti silent the rebound to fire previous three despairing United gamers on the aim line.
Man of the match – Benjamin Siegrist
What did we learn?
Celtic seemed higher suited to a entrance two. Ajeti’s introduction off the bench gave sole striker Edouard a associate up entrance and ended in the indispensable breakthrough. Ajeti did no longer reach low-impress at £4.5m from West Ham United, however the 23-year-outmoded’s contribution on this tight Tannadice tussle could perchance existing precious months down the line.
United, meanwhile, already glance an carried out Premiership aspect appropriate five video games in. Mellon has them well drilled and disciplined, with a combination of childhood and ride that have to retain them obvious of any relegation worries.
What did they are saying?
Dundee Utd supervisor Micky Mellon: “I’m cheerful with my gamers and intensely pissed off at no longer getting one thing from the sport. It affords us one thing to work from. We possess a host of talented young gamers with substantial need.”
Celtic supervisor Neil Lennon: “The gamers’ attitude turned into substantial, they did no longer procure pissed off and kept going. We obtained the aim we thoroughly deserved – we were prominent at events. I’ve 1-0 flattered Dundee United.”
Celtic switch level of curiosity to Europe on Wednesday with a Champions League 2d-spherical qualifier at house to Ferencvaros, earlier than returning to Premiership alternate at house to Motherwell subsequent Saturday.
United are also in Saturday motion as they glance to bounce encourage from a 2d successive house defeat when they walk to Kilmarnock.