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  • Celtic: The View From the Opposition

    • By UWTB1893
    • 18th September 2017, 8:00 pm

    Wednesday see's Dundee take on Celtic in the Quarter Final of the League Cup at Dens Park under the lights at Dens Park.

    They say you can only beat the teams that are put in front of you and that was the feeling when this cup draw was made after the Dundee Derby win in the previous round. With Celtic remaining unbeaten in fifty-five domestic matches, their run has to come to an end soon. Could Dundee be that team?

    We spoke to Facebook page 'Read Celtic' and gathered their views on last season's impressive 'Invincibles' campaign and if they feel the team can do the same tis year along with this summers transfer activity, players we should watch out for excluding the obvious and who they feel can cause some fear in the Celtic defence.

    Supporting Celtic. How did you become a supporter of the Glasgow club?

    I was first introduced to Celtic when I was five playing underage football in Ireland for Celtic Bhoys. We wore Celtic kits and I began to watch their games and we travelled over from Ireland twice a year for games.

    Last season you went the whole domestic season undefeated, grabbing the treble in the process. I always thought that someone would beat you as some point of the season but you proved me wrong. When did you start believing the club could achieve this?

    It was around the time we broke the Lisbon Lions' record in January in the win over Hearts, but in April when we had no recognised striker fit, I thought we would lose a game away from home or slip up late on against Aberdeen. But as ever we found a way to win games or not lose them.

    How would you rate your clubs transfer activity this summer? Seeing Patrick Roberts back at the club on loan must have been the big one the fans wanted to see?

    I would've liked to have seen a centre-back brought into the club for our two games against Anderlecht because realistically we've very little chance of competing with PSG or Bayern Munich as last week's result showed against the French side. Fans wanted Roberts back and I'm delighted he's returned but it's only a short-term solution for us.

    You sit at the top of the table with the most goals scored and least conceded. Pretty much how you would expect to have started this league campaign?

    Yeah, the league is all but a foregone conclusion even at this stage, no disrespect to other 11 teams in the league including Dundee. Our squad is simply far more superior and over 38 games we'll once again rarely drop points.

    On the other hand, you suffered your heaviest ever defeat in Europe at the hands of PSG last week, falling 5-0 at home. I think most people would have had the French team on their coupon for this game but possible also expected it to be closer than the final scoreline due to your home record in this competition. What’s your thoughts on the defeat and also how do you think you will do in the Champions League despite this defeat?

    I thought if we could play like we did against Manchester City we'd have a chance but from the first minute, PSG took control of the game and made it a training drill for themselves. They were on a totally different level from almost any team I've ever seen play at Celtic Park and were so comfortable on the ball and receiving it. I still believe we have a good chance of getting third. Next week's game against Anderlecht will give us a better idea of that expectation becoming a reality.

    Even at this stage of the season, some people have brought up the possibility of Celtic going the whole season undefeated. What do you think should be the target for the club this term in the league and cups?

    I'm not really bothered about going unbeaten in the league again, but obviously another domestic treble would be a fantastic achievement as it will be the Cup games over one 90 minute game when anything can happen that a team can get stuck in and beat us, If they can expose our defence which can be suspect when pressure is applied.

    I’ve said to most of the people who have agreed to take part in this but it’s more than likely going to be your title this season. Who though, will be your closes challengers? There seems to be some pundits suggesting that The Rangers are in the process of closing the gap with yourself. Do you believe this?

    The Ibrox side have spent a lot of money this season and they're still trying to put the pieces together. They can certainly score goals this time round, but once again their defence is awful and can be exposed at any time. Aberdeen will look to provide the closest challenge to us and Pedro Caixinha will need to worry about them before they can think about us.

    We know the threat that Sinclair, Forrest and Griffiths carry with them but is there anyone who may not get the recognition they deserve that we should be weary of?

    Callum McGregor goes unnoticed at times in the squad and is constantly finding space between the lines to get at defences. Tom Rogic is a physical force that always causes problems driving at defences and just when you think you've got everyone marked up front, Stuart Armstrong makes a run from deep in behind or finds space on the edge of the box. So it's a team that can be very problematic for defences that try to soak up pressure.

    Is there any players for Dundee that have impressed you and could cause a threat to Celtic?

    Scott Bain always puts in a good shift against us but in terms of causing our team problems, Faissal El Bakhtaoui scored a screamer against us last season and is probably the player we should watch.

    Finally, prediction time.

    We haven’t beat you at Dens since 1988. You haven’t been beat in 55 domestic games. I’ve no qualms saying that if we manage to beat Celtic on Wednesday, it will go down as an upset. Can you see a Dark Blue win or will The Bhoys see their name in the hat for the semi-final draw?

    I can't see anything other than a win for us on Wednesday night. Given our run in domestic football and the depth of our squad, we will be much fresher going into the game with the personnel we have available. That said, someday our run will end, and it'll more than likely be on the road in a Cup game so who knows, maybe Dundee could be the team to do that.


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