Aug 31, 2013 at 12.45pm UK at ​Tannadice Park
Dundee UtdDundee United
0-1
Celtic

Paton (89')
FT(HT: 0-0)
Stokes (87')

Result: Anthony Stokes wins it late for Celtic

Anthony Stokes of Celtic celebrates scoring his second goal of the day with manager Neil Lennon during the Scottish Premier League game between Celtic and Ross County on August 3, 2013
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A late Anthony Stokes free kick gives Celtic a dramatic 1-0 win at Dundee United this afternoon.

Celtic have secured a dramatic late win over Dundee United in the Scottish Premiership.

An excellent free kick from Anthony Stokes won it for the champions, who had been frustrated for much of the game.

Celtic started the match well and created several opportunities, but Emilio Izaguirre and Mikael Lustig were guilty of missing the target.

The hosts were able to get back into the match before half time, but neither side were able to create anything clear-cut.

In the second half, United defended well and looked a threat on the counter-attack, but neither Nadir Ciftci nor David Goodwillie were able to test Fraser Forster.

Just as the game seemed to be heading for a goalless draw, Stokes broke forward and skipped past a couple of challenges before being brought down on the edge of the box.

The Celtic striker picked himself up and stepped forward to curl an excellent effort in off the post.

The visitors could have added to their lead as they pushed forward on the break in the final minutes, but it did not matter as Stokes's 50th Celtic goal secured all three points.

Celtic midfielder Kris Commons celebrates after a goal against Shakhtar Karagandy on August 28, 2013
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