On this day in 2004, Celtic met Dundee United in a league match at Celtic Park. It was the clubs’ second encounter of the season, the first match, another league fixture at Tannadice, having resulted in a comfortable 3-0 win for the Hoops before a crowd of 10,329.
By contrast, an immense gathering of 56,318 was at Parkhead for that second meeting and manager Martin O’Neill put out a team of Hedman, McNamara, Valgaeren, Balde, Thompson, Sutton, Hartson, Lennon, Petrov, Varga and McGeady. The list of names gave a sign that the times had really changed; only one Scotsman (Jackie McNamara) was in the side.
It turned out to be quite a competitive game, with Celtic winning 1-0 thanks to a Chris Sutton effort in the 19th minute. The manager made three substitutions. Juninho replaced Thompson in 38 minutes; Laursen came on for Valgaeren just after the break; while two minutes from the end, McGeady went off and Wallace came on.
In the Dundee United side that day were two promising young lads, right-back Mark Wilson and midfielder Barry Robson. I wonder what became of them?