The point obtained by the Tannadice club has earned them European football for the first time in 10 years. And that feat represents a personal success story for Courts, who described United as meaning everything to him in the 40-year-old having stepped up to the frontline role in the summer following 10 years as head of the club’s academy. He delighted in his players showing the same commitment in exacting circumstances against their Glasgow title winners.
“We’ve got full respect for every opponent and all credit to Celtic but to the same token we wanted tonight to be about Dundee United,” Courts said. “Yes the champions elect were coming but we’re not here to play a supporting role. It’s great to secure European football and the incentive now is to push on come Saturday [away to Ross County] to get fourth It means everything.
“We give everything to this club. It’s a club I have a strong affinity with and I have a great relationship with the staff, the players, sporting director and owner. But also the job isn’t done – there’s an opportunity to pick up a further three points. But I’m pleased we’ve stepped forwards on a big night and the players showcased the club really well.”