GLASGOW - Celtic needed a stoppage time goal from Charlie Mulgrew to earn a 1-1 draw with Dundee United at Parkhead in their Premiership clash yesterday that preserved their unbeaten start to their title defence.
Dundee United looked to be heading for their first win at Celtic Park since December 1992 thanks to a first half strike from Stuart Armstrong.
However, Mulgrew popped up two minutes into stoppage time to head Emilio Izaguirre's cross past Radoslaw Cierzniak to leave his side five points clear of Inverness Caledonian Thistle, who reduced the gap with a 2-1 win over Kilmarnock.
Celtic manager Neil Lennon was impressed by his side's never-say-die attitude, making them the first Celtic team in more than a decade to complete the first quarter of a season unbeaten.
However, their profligacy in front of goal causes concern ahead of their midweek Champions League clash with Ajax.
"We were a bit flat and certainly in the final third we need to do better because we had umpteen chances and we were sloppy," Lennon said.
"I'm very happy we got something out of the game that we deserved. I should take the criticism if there is any coming as I pick the team."
Dundee United counterpart Jackie McNamara was upset his players hadn't seen the victory through.