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Thursday 17 August 2017

Bad blood won't spill over insists Dundee skipper Sean Dillon

Dillon insists Tangerines and Celtic will start afresh in final

Celtic's Scott Brown (right) and Dundee United's Sean Dillon during a captain's photocall at Hampden Park, Glasgow
Celtic's Scott Brown (right) and Dundee United's Sean Dillon during a captain's photocall at Hampden Park, Glasgow

Dundee United captain Seán Dillon insists there will be no spillover from Sunday's fiery encounter with Celtic when the two teams meet again in the Scottish League Cup final at Hampden Park next weekend.

The William Hill Scottish Cup quarter-final meeting between the two teams at Tannadice ended 1-1 and also produced three red cards, one of mistaken identity, two penalties, and post-match bickering between both camps.

United boss Jackie McNamara claimed referee Craig Thomson should have dealt with Scott Brown for his "bad challenge" on Nadir Ciftci in the ninth-minute incident which moments later led to Celtic defender Virgil van Dijk and Terrors' midfielder Paul Paton being red carded, although it was Calum Butcher who tangled legs with the Dutchman on the ground.

Hoops boss Ronny Deila accused Aidan Connolly of diving to win a penalty on the stroke of half-time which was converted by Ciftci, whom Brown has accused of kicking him in the head when they clashed.

After Sunday's final, both teams meet in the Scottish Cup replay the following Wednesday night and again in the Scottish Premiership the following Saturday, with both games at Celtic Park.

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Speaking at the Lesser Hampden press conference to publicise the final, before Celtic confirmed they would appeal van Dijk's dismissal and the Tayside club confirmed the appeal of Paton's red card, Dillon refuted the suggestion that there will be lingering bad feelings.

"No, I don't think so," said the Dubliner. "It showed everybody was up for the game. Sometimes you'll get a late tackle or things will boil over but I don't see it carrying over at all.

"I'm happy to still be in the (Scottish Cup). It was a strange game, a bit wild at times. I thought we were going to hold out but unfortunately we couldn't. "We let them in and they took advantage of that. Thankfully we stuck at it and we've got another chance."

United defender Paul Dixon was dismissed for blocking a goal-bound drive by Leigh Griffiths with his arm three minutes into the second half.

Tannadice keeper Radoslaw Cierzniak saved the consequent penalty by the Hoops striker, who made amends in the 71st minute when he headed in a Stefan Johansen cross.

On Brown's tackle, he said: "I thought it was a free kick" and when asked about Deila's accusation, later reiterated by Brown, he replied: "I'm at the other end of the pitch.

"I'm happy that we got a penalty, he (Deila) might've watched it back but I haven't and there was no talk in the dressing room. You see people go down and not get a penalty.

"From speaking to Ryan Dow he's always reluctant to go down but there's times when he does get contact and doesn't get a penalty."

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