Daly's delight at early return

Striker suprised by injury recovery

Daly celebrates his goal against Celtic

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Dundee United striker Jon Daly admits he feared he would not play this season after helping his side to a famous win over Celtic.

Daly marked his return from a serious knee injury with the equaliser in the 2-1 victory over Celtic at Tannadice as United secured their first win over the Glasgow giants in a decade.

The Irishman has battled back from the injury sooner than expected and he is keen to make up for lost time after an injury-hit spell on Tayside following his arrival from Hartlepool in January 2007.

"This campaign looked like being a virtual write-off for me. I was told in April I'd be out for a year and that would've meant the season was all but over by the time I was ready to play," Daly told the Daily Record.

"So to come back four or five months ahead of schedule, score in my first game back and help the team beat Celtic for the first time in 10 years is just brilliant.

"The injury I had could have gone either way because as well as rupturing my medial ligament the posterior cruciate had gone.

"That's not as serious as doing the anterior but still a big thing. But I worked hard in the gym to get in shape to return.

"Going on in such situations you are always thinking positively - that you can change the game. I definitely felt at some stage I'd get a chance and stick it away.

"At the end when the manager came up to me he said, 'Well done, it's good to have you back'. Well it's good to be back.

"I've had a really frustrating time at United. I love it here but it's been one injury after another.

"Hopefully, touch wood, that's me over all that and I can now go and show the fans what I can do. I certainly feel I'm due a break."