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    • McGowan 76'
    FT HT 0 - 0
    • Madine 21', Vela 29'

    Dundee Lose The Last Pre-Season Friendly To English Championship Side Bolton Wanderers At Dens Park.

    • By TheDarkBlues
    • 14th July 2017, 12:00 am

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    Dundee: 4-2-3-1

    • Bain Gourlay 79'
    • Kerr Hateley 75'
    • Hendry
    • Waddell
    • Holt
    • Kamara Spence 71'
    • O’Hara Curran 79'
    • Wighton Deacon 46'
    • Allan McGowan 71'
    • Wolters Williams 75'
    • El Bakhtaoui Haber 71'


    • Gourlay
    • Hateley
    • Spence
    • Curran
    • Deacon
    • McGowan
    • Williams
    • Haber

    Bolton Wanderers : 4-2-3-1

    • Alnwick Howard 46'
    • Darby
    • Wheater
    • Beevers
    • A Taylor
    • Karacan
    • Pratley
    • Buckley
    • Ameobi C Taylor 46'
    • Vela
    • Madine


    • Howard
    • Little
    • Dervite
    • Brockbank
    • Lonsdale
    • C Taylor
    • Osede
    • King
    • Le Fondre
    • Tabakovic
    • Hall
    Referee: Alan Muir
    Attendance: 2,227
    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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