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Half-Time Report: Celtic in command of League Cup final

Celtic lead the Scottish League Cup final against Dundee United at half time thanks to a goal from Kris Commons.

A 28th-minute strike from Kris Commons has handed Celtic a half-time advantage over Dundee United in the final of the Scottish League Cup this afternoon.

It was an opening 45 minutes that was largely dominated by Ronny Deila's Celtic, who are bidding to win the trophy for a 15th time.

There was just four minutes on the clock when Celtic centre-back Virgil van Dijk rose highest to meet a corner with a header which beat United goalkeeper Radoslaw Cierzniak, but Sean Dillon was on hand to hack the ball clear off the line.

Next to try his luck for the Bhoys was Leigh Griffiths, but, having had his shooting angle narrowed by Cierzniak, the striker could only find the side-netting.

It took United to go down to 10 men for Celtic to break the deadlock. With Dillon receiving treatment for an injury, Commons broke free and, after seeing Cierzniak turn his initial effort on to the post, the midfielder tucked in the rebound from close range.

As the half drew to a close, United forced Celtic keeper Craig Gordon into action when Ryan Dow met Ryan McGowan's long throw, but his headed effort was a tame one.

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Leigh Griffiths of Celtic controls the ball during the Scottish Premiership League Match between Celtic and Dundee United, at Celtic Park on August 16, 2014
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