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  • Scottish Premiership
    Dundee 0 Celtic 2
    FT HT 0 - 0
    • Forrest 8', Griffiths 43'

    Celtic Moved 11 Points Clear At The Top Of The Scottish Premiership With Victory Over Dundee At Dens Park.

    • By TheDarkBlues
    • 26th December 2017, 12:00 am
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    Line Ups

    Dundee: 4-3-2-1

    • 12 Parish
    • 2 Kerr
    • 22 Hendry
    • 24 Meekings O'Dea 26'
    • 15 Aurtenetxe Borde
    • 14 O'Hara
    • 18 McGowan
    • 8 Kamara
    • 20 El Bakhtaoui Lambert 61'
    • 9 Moussa90'
    • 7 Leitch-Smith Henvey 79'

    Substitutes

    • 3 Holt
    • 6 O'Dea
    • 27 Curran
    • 34 Waddell
    • 38 Ferie
    • 46 Henvey
    • 47 Lambert

    Celtic : 4-2-3-1

    • 1 Gordon
    • 23 Lustig
    • 20 Boyata22'
    • 35 Ajer
    • 63 Tierney
    • 8 Brown76 '
    • 21 Ntcham Armstrong 67'
    • 49 Forrest
    • 42 McGregor
    • 15 Hayes Johnston 28'
    • 9 Griffiths Dembele 79'

    Substitutes

    • 5 Simunovic
    • 6 Bitton
    • 10 Dembele
    • 14 Armstrong
    • 22 Edouard
    • 24 de Vries
    • 73 Johnston
    Referee: Kevin Clancy
    Attendance: 9,193
    Photo courtesy of: Derek Gerrard Photography

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  • Scottish Premier

    Pos Team Pld GD Pts
    1 Celtic 27 36 61
    2 Rangers 27 22 52
    3 Aberdeen 27 12 52
    4 Hibernian 27 8 47
    5 Hearts 27 4 38
    6 Kilmarnock 25 -2 35
    7 Motherwell 27 -4 32
    8 Dundee 27 -12 28
    9 St Johnstone 25 -14 27
    10 Partick Thistle 27 -20 24
    11 Hamilton Accies 25 -13 23
    12 Ross County 27 -17 21

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