After six successive matches without a win on the road, Celtic travel to Tannadice on Sunday for the last game of the SPL season looking to go out on a high.
That run is their worst away streak in the SPL era but ending it will be difficult against a side who they haven’t beaten over 90 minutes for three consecutive ties away from Celtic Park.
The 3-3 draw at Hampden in the Scottish Cup semi-final followed a 2-2 draw in Dundee earlier in the campaign and a 1-0 defeat there at the tail end of last season.
Celtic have interspersed those results with comfortable triumphs at Celtic Park, but with a Scottish Cup final to look forward to next Sunday, building up momentum by ending their away-day hoodoo will be a top priority for Neil Lennon’s side.
Ironically, though, it could be that the cup final assists Dundee United in picking up another good result against the SPL champions.
Lennon suggested a few weeks ago that he may use the league run-in to rest some of his top stars ahead of the showpiece, so it could end up becoming a distraction rather than an incentive.
Jackie McNamara’s side are 51/20 to hold the Hoops to a third draw of the season, while they are out at 7/2 to go one better and take all three points.
Those odds look tempting, especially when you consider that it is almost exactly a year to the day when United beat them 1-0 in the champions’ last away game of the 2011-12 season.
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Lennon’s men are 67/100 to win the game but with their starting 11 uncertain, the value of betting on that outcome is questionable.