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Sunday, March 8, 1998 Published at 19:42 GMT

Sport: Football

Celtic still on course for treble
image: [ Pederson turns the ball into his own net with the game almost over ]
Pederson turns the ball into his own net with the game almost over

Celtic are still on course for the Scottish treble, but it took a 90th minute own goal to hand them victory against Dundee United.

[ image: A mixed day for Erik Pederson]
A mixed day for Erik Pederson
United's Norwegian defender Erik Pedersen was the guilty party, but he might have been thinking about his wife, Beate, who had delivered a baby boy just hours earlier.

The game was more evenly matched than the Coca-Coal Cup final between the two sides which Celtic won 3-0 at Ibrox in November.

Harald Brattbakk put Celtic ahead after 11 minutes, rounding United keeper Sieb Dykstra after a perfect pass from Henryk Larsson, to keep up his record of scoring in every round of this tournament.

Seven minutes later Dundee United were level when Robbie Winters's floated cross picked out Kjell Olofsson, whose effort struck the woodwork then Gould before going in.

The pair combined again to put the east coast side 2-1 up in the 52nd minute with Winters this time seizing on Tom Boyd's hesitation to set up Olofsson who beat Gould convincingly.

The lead only lasted three minutes, however, as Celtic capitalised on United's immediate decision to attempt to sit back on their advantage.

[ image: Celtic equalise]
Celtic equalise
Their depth of defence enabled Brattbakk to hold the ball onside in the area and feed Donnelly, who in turn found Morton Wieghorst who struck a close-range effort past Dykstra.

A replay looked certain but with 90 minutes on the clock Brattbakk broke through the middle and released Henrik Larsson, whose low cross was put through his own net virtually on the goal line by Pedersen at the far post.

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