Kyogo Furuhashi and Liel Abada both scored hat-tricks as Celtic fc defeated Dundee United 9-0 to put the pressure on the home side in Tannadice.
Jota, Josip Juranovic and Carl Starfelt also scored as the Cinch Premiership champions recorded their biggest win since beating Mark McGhee’s Aberdeen in 2010 by the same result.
Celtic kept cutting United to leave Tannadice manager Jack Ross with big questions as his side have now conceded 23 goals in just four games.
The win was the biggest away win in Premiership history and put Celtic back at the top after winning five in five games.
Celtic manager Ange Postecoglou made three changes. Starfelt and Abada got their first starts of the season, while Reo Hatate was recalled. Giorgos Giakoumakis was absent.
Ross made four changes as he tried to end a four-game losing streak. Tony Watt and Charlie Mulgrew were among those absent as Ross brought Ross Graham in the back three while Archie Meekison gave his first start of the season in midfield.
United actually started well and Glenn Middleton had pushed a shot away in the turn from Joe Hart who hit Steven Fletcher in the head at the cost of an accidental boot to the rebound. Fletcher was subsequently booked by Steven McLean.
Hart was able to continue after prolonged treatment and a shirt and shorts change, and Celtic soon took the lead in the 15th minute.
Abada sent Jota backwards and Furuhashi had held in front of the United defense to give himself time to take a touch and a place home.
Carljohan Eriksson kept his side in the game with saves from Matt O’Riley, Hatate and Abada, and Middleton shot just wide from 20 yards after Scott McMann won the ball deep in the Celtic half.
The barrage of goals began in the 40th minute when Furuhashi swept the ball into the top corner from 22 yards for the first time after O’Riley robbed McMann.
Celtic went all out and scored a brilliant third in added time. A first pass from Juranovic, a fool from Hatate and a first cross from O’Riley opened United and Abada found Furuhashi to tap him. There was a suspicion of offside but it was too close to decide.
The visiting fans chanted ‘piling on theagony, putting on the style’, a song about their 7-1 League Cup final win over Rangers, and it was clear their side were determined to follow suit.
Celtic showed the urgency of a side looking for a last minute equalizer as they looked for a fourth before the break and duly got it. O’Riley’s touch sent Abada falling behind and he crossed to Jota to score from close range. The Portuguese winger was several meters offside, but the goal stood.
Halftime brought a respite, but no turnaround in momentum. Callum McGregor’s pass to Jota put United on the backfoot and O’Riley found Abada in the 50th minute to bat home.
Juranovic struck five minutes later after O’Riley’s free-kick hit the wall and after Fletcher hit the post at the other end, number seven came just before the hour mark. Jota found Hatate’s run and the Japanese midfielder met Abada to bat home.
Postecoglou soon brought on four substitutes and there was a temporary lull in the game before Abada dinked the ball home after Daizen helped Maeda with Aaron Mooy’s raised ball in the 77th minute.
Starfelt headed David Turnbull’s corner off the post four minutes later and the Celtic fans chanted ‘We want 10’.
They came close several times. Turnbull’s header appeared to bounce over the line and reverse, Starfelt had cleared a header off the line, McGregor swept a shot just wide but United were spared the further embarrassment of conceding double figures.
https://www.independent.co.uk/sport/football/celtic-dundee-united-scottish-premiership-record-b2154550.html Celtic score nine goals to set Scottish Premiership record in demolishing Dundee United