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    • TheDarkBlues
      By TheDarkBlues
      The Dark Blues made two changes to the team that lost in Perth; Kevin Gomis and Tom Hateley came in for Kosta Gadzhalov and Craig Wighton, who were on the bench. Celtic also brought in two fresh faces, with Jozo Simunovic and Callum McGregor replacing Erik Sviatchenko and Nir Bitton.
      Celtic looked dangerous right from the start and dominated possession throughout the first half. The visitors’ movement, passing and control constantly threatened Dundee who had to be at the top of their defensive game to keep Celtic at bay.
      The Dark Blues stuck manfully to their task, keeping their concentration, staying organised and preventing Celtic from turning domination into goalscoring chances. Celtic won a succession of free kicks around 30 to 40 yards from Scott Bain’s goal, in prime Leigh Griffith’s territory but happily the former Dee was on the bench. Celtic couldn’t exploit any of these free kicks, or make anything of their many corners until the very end of the first half.
      As the clock ticked into injury time Celtic won three corners in quick succession. From the second Paul McGowan stopped Dedryck Boyata’s header on the goal-line. But when the third corner was cleared, Stuart Armstrong found James Forrest, wide on the right. Forrest recovered from Cammy Kerr’s challenge to cross for Jozo SIMUNOVIC, whose slightly mishit half volley from 12 yards deflected off Kevin Gomis and Scott Bain couldn’t re-adjust quickly enough to keep the ball out.
      Dundee started the second half with a 25 yard free kick from Kevin Holt that evaded the defensive wall, but was easily saved by Craig Gordon. Following that brief threat to their goal Celtic resumed their smooth dominanation of the game.
      Six minutes after the break they extended their lead with a goal of beautifully executed simplicity. James Forrest jinked past Kevin Holt to reach the byline and his perfect cross to the near post was glanced home by Stuart ARMSTRONG’s header.
      The game seemed to have slipped beyond the Dark Blues, but to their great credit the players battled their way back into contention. Craig Wighton came on for James Vincent as Dundee started to exert pressure on Celtic’s defence for the first time.
      Dundee were aided by slackness from Celtic’s defence who were guilty of some careless passing as they tried to play their way up the field in the face of fierce Dundee pressing. Kieran Tierney gifted possession to Paul McGowan who raced forward and set up Marcus Haber, who had only Gordon to beat. From 16 yards the Canadian international sent his shot narrowly wide with the whole crowd expecting the net to bulge.
      For the next 15 minutes play swung from end to end in exciting fashion. Celtic tried to kill the game off and the Dark Blues fought hard to claw their way back into the match. The visitors reached the byline twice in quick succession, but neither Tierney nor Sinclair could find a teammate with their cutbacks.
      After 74 minutes Faissal El Bakhtaoui replaced Henrik Ojamaa, and within a minute he scored a goal of stunning quality. Mark O’Hara took a quick free kick on the half way line. He played it short to EL BAKHTAOUI, who spun away from Boyata and raced for goal. Before the Celtic defence had the chance to close him down he hit an unstoppable shot over Gordon and into the top corner from 25 yards.
      The goal briefly silenced the away fans, injected life into the home support and transformed the match. Celtic had looked capable of coasting to the final whistle. It was now crystal clear that coasting was no longer a viable option. The last 20 minutes, including injury time, were an enthralling spectacle.
      Moussa Dembele had a fleeting moment of space in the Dee’s penalty area, but Darren O’Dea flung himself into the path of the shot, which ended up bouncing gently into Bain’s hands. Marcus Haber headed wide from 10 yards when Cammy Kerr lofted a high ball into the penalty area.
      After his spectacular goal El Bakhtaoui was desperate to get on the ball at every opportunity and he posed Celtic some tricky problems with his pace, control and sheer enthusiasm. The visitors tried to slow the pace of the game down and irritated referee Willie Collum with some timewasting that eventually brought a booking for Dembele. Celtic manager Brendan Rogers paid Dundee the compliment of removing an attacking player, Scott Sinclair, and sending on a defender, Erik Sviatchenko, for the last 10 minutes.
      In injury time Celtic managed to keep at bay a Dundee team that was down to 9 fit men by this stage. Both Kevin Holt and Marcus Haber were limping and unable to run, but with all the substitutes used they had to stay on the park.
      Celtic have been utterly dominant in domestic football this season, undefeated and having drawn only two games. Although Dundee have lost all three games there has been only a single goal in each match. The Dark Blues have made a thorough nuisance of themselves each time and Celtic have had to work hard to earn wins that were never certain till the final whistle.
      The last half hour today allowed the players and supporters to leave the ground with their heads held high and their pride intact. As with the other teams in the bottom six Dundee’s season has been blighted by inconsistency. That final 30 minutes set the standard that the Dee must try to emulate in the remaining nine games of the season.
      Dundee FC 4-5-1
      Bain
      Kerr, O’Dea (c), Gomis, Holt
      O’Hara, McGowan, Vincent (Wighton 59), Hateley (Ross 68), Ojamaa (El Bakhtaoui 74).
      Haber
      Unused subs: Mitchell (gk), Williams, Klok, Gadzhalov.
      Goal: El Bakhtaoui (75).
      Booked: McGowan (foul on McGregor), Gomis (foul on Dembele), O’Dea (foul on Sinclair), Holt (foul on Roberts).
      Celtic 4-2-3-1
      Gordon
      Lustig, Boyata, Simunovic, Tierney
      McGregor (Kouassi 68), Brown
      Forrest (Roberts 72), Armstrong, Sinclair (Sviatchenko 83)
      Dembele
      Unused subs: Bailly (gk), Bitton, Griffiths, Gamboa.
      Goals: Simunovic (45+1), Armstrong (51).
      Booked: Brown (foul on McGowan), Dembele (timewasting), Kouassi (foul on Kerr).
      Attendance: 8,968 (3,999 away supporters).
      Referee: William Collum. Assistants: Douglas Ross, Frank Connor. Fourth official: Colin Steven.
      Report: James Christie.
    • TheDarkBlues
      By TheDarkBlues
      Dundee had two changes, both in midfield. James Vincent and Danny Williams started instead of the suspended Paul McGowan and youngster Jesse Curran, who was on the bench. Celtic made five changes. Christian Gamboa, Emilio Izaguirre, Nir Bitton, Gary Mackay-Steven and Ryan Christie came in for Mikael Lustig, Darren McGregor, Scott Brown, Patrick Roberts and Moussa Dembele.
      The Dark Blues managed to keep Celtic away from Scott Bain's goal for the first few minutes, but soon the Hoops were attacking in waves. Dundee were being pushed back and forced to defend in depth, but for the most part they did so with composure. Celtic tried repeatedly to play their way round Dundee's wing backs, and did manage to work their way into dangerous positions a few times during the first half, but Dark Blue defenders were always able to reach the final ball first.
      Dundee had an escape after 10 minutes when Leigh Griffiths cleverly swapped passes with Tom Rogic before dinking the ball past Bain and against the post. Bain then had to beat away a curling 20 yarder from Stuart Armstrong as Celtic cranked up the pressure.
      Marcus Haber was usually left isolated as the Dee sat deep. It was hard for Dundee to break out of defence, and they struggled to hold onto the ball against Celtic's pressing when they tried to move forward.
      The Dark Blues had a more promising little spell in the middle of the first half. Tom Hateley was involved every time the Dee managed to build a move. After Celtic were casual in clearing a free kick he seized possession and drove a shot narrowly over the bar from 18 yards. Kevin Holt went equally close with a shot from similar distance, but his effort drifted just past the far post with keeper Craig Gordon at full stretch.
      The last 15 minutes of the first half were spent almost entirely in Dundee's half. Tom Rogic jinked into the penalty area before trying to bend his shot round Bain, who grabbed the ball at the second attempt. James Vincent almost scored what would have been an extremely unlucky own goal when Kosta Gadzhalov crashed a clearance against him and the ball ricocheted inches wide of the post.
      As the first half entered injury time Darren O'Dea fouled Tom Rogic 30 yards from goal in a position that looked ideal for the left foot of a certain ex-Dee. Sure enough Leigh GRIFFITHS stepped up to score with a sweetly struck shot over the wall that dipped just inside Bain's left hand post. There was barely time for Dundee to kick off before the half time whistle sounded, but there could be no begrudging Celtic a half time lead; they had been clearly the better side.
      The second half started in similar fashion and it looked like being a long afternoon for the travelling supporters. Celtic kept trying to work their way round Dundee's wing backs and twice they managed to spring Emilio Izaguirre free. The first time Kevin Holt managed to head clear, almost from under his crossbar. The second time the ball was scrambled clear only as far as Nir BITTON, 20 yards out, and he had space to send a curling shot around Bain for Celtic's second.
      With more than half an hour to go the outlook was bleak for the Dee. The Celtic fans were settling back waiting to be entertained as the Hoops put the Dark Blues to the sword. It certainly didn't pan out that way. Dundee dug deep and competed more than effectively for the rest of the game.
      After 63 minutes Mark O'Hara came on for Danny Williams, but playing a more central and attacking role. The Dark Blues were transformed and should have quickly pulled a goal back. Kevin Holt's dangerous low cross was scrambled clear for a corner. Tom Hateley swung the ball over to the far post where Marcus Haber headed against the post. Craig Wighton pounced on the rebound but didn't make a true enough connection with his shot and Stuart Armstrong cleared off the line.
      Dundee's goal was delayed only a couple of minutes longer. O'Hara ran through the midfield and hit a fine pass over the defence to Marcus HABER coming in from the left. The Canadian striker checked inside Christian Gamboa and his 12 yard shot took a deflection that left Gordon helpless. As the ball sailed into the net the small Dundee support celebrated, enjoying the delightful sound of silence from the rest of the ground.
      The Dark Blues were now pressing Celtic higher up the field and enjoying success from doing so. Celtic had lost a lot of their zip and were no longer pressing Dundee into losing possession, almost as if they had thought that the game had been won and they only had to charge forward to score more goals. Haber harried Bitton into losing the ball deep in the Celtic half, allowing Hateley to find O'Hara with a clever backheel. The substitute tried to curl his shot round Gordon from 18 yards, but the Celtic keeper saved comfortably.
      Faissal El Bakhtaoui replaced Tom Hateley for the last few minutes and should have equalised a minute from the end of normal time. Marcus Haber tried to burst through on goal on the end of an El Bakhtaoui pass and was tackled on the edge of the penaly area. El Bakhtaoui raced onto the loose ball and was clear, but from 12 yards he slipped his shot over the bar. That was the final chance of the match and a game that at one point had seemed out of Dundee's reach ended with the Dark Blues battling for an equaliser and Celtic happy to hear the final whistle.
      Celtic are by far the best team in Scotland these days and the Dundee players can take some satisfaction from giving them a tough game at their own ground. The defence in particular did very well and put in some excellent penalty box defending. The two goals that won the points for Celtic were well struck efforts from outside the penalty area. Once Dundee managed to press Celtic into mistakes and get forward to support Marcus Haber they did very well and clearly unsettled their hosts. A defeat is always disappointing, but this performance by the Dark Blues was a solid and respectable performance against the team that is threatening to run away with the Premiership title.
      Celtic 4-2-3-1
      Gordon
      Gamboa, Simunovic, Sviatchenko, Izaguirre
      Bitton, Armstrong (c)
      Mackay-Steven (Sinclair 67), Rogic (McGregor, half time), Christie
      Griffiths (Dembele 78)
      Unused subs: de Vries (gk), Touré, Lustig, Roberts.
      Goals: Griffiths (45+2), Bitton (56).
      Booked: Simunovic (foul on O'Hara).
      Dundee FC 5-4-1
      Bain
      Kerr, Gomis, Gadzhalov, O'Dea (c), Holt
      Wighton, Hateley (El Bakhtaoui 86), Vincent, Williams (O'Hara 63)
      Haber
      Unused subs: Mitchell (gk), Loy, Etxabeguren, Ross, Curran.
      Goal: Haber (68).
      Booked: O'Dea (foul on Rogic).
      Attendance: to be announced.
      Referee: Bobby Madden. Assistants: Kylie McMullan, Gary Hilland. 4th official: Gavin Ross.
      Report: James Christie.
    • TheDarkBlues
      By TheDarkBlues
      Paul Hartley made three changes from last week's defeat at Inverness. Mark O'Hara and Kevin Gomis returned from suspension while Danny Williams started after coming on as a substitute last Saturday. Nick Ross and Julen Etxebeguren moved onto the bench and Tom Hateley was injured. The Dee switched from their usual 4-3-2-1 to 3-5-2, with Kevin Holt joining Darren O'Dea and Kevin Gomis in the back line. Celtic's only change from last Saturday's win against Kilmarnock was Craig Gordon replacing Dorus De Vries in goal.
      Celtic were quickly onto the attack and forcing Dundee back. Tom Rogic had the first shot when his effort from 25 yards following a short free kick was deflected wide. The hard working Dark Blues were pressing Celtic high up the pitch, trying to force errors. Jordi Teijsse and Faissal El Bakhtaoui ran and challenged for everything. This always looked promising because the visitors' defence was often casual on the ball and liable to take unnecessary chances.
      After 13 minutes Scott Bain couldn't get enough of a touch when he punched Forrest's dangerous cross, but Scott Sinclair was crowded out before he could take advantage. That was the only slip from Bain in a match in which he was otherwise immaculate. The Dee keeper did well to pluck a Rogic free kick from just inside the angle of bar and post, making the save look easy.
      Celtic had ample possession throughout the first half, but struggled to find the final ball that would open up Dundee's well organised defence. Scott Brown went for the more direct approach, powering through the midfield before hitting a low shot narrowly wide. Aside from that Celtic lacked the sharpness we would normally expect from them, though the Dark Blues' defence deserved praise for the way they repeatedly foiled the visitors. Dundee's best moment was when El Bakhtaoui reached the byline with neat skill and dinked a cross to the near post where Teijsse, under pressure, couldn't get his header on target.
      The two big talking points of the first half were incidents in which both teams were relieved that referee Mr Dallas did not have a clear view. Cammy Kerr might have conceded a penalty for a challenge on Erik Sviatchenko, and Moussa Dembele would have been in trouble if an offical had spotted a silly swipe at Kevin Gomis's head.
      In the second minute of the second half another piece of forceful and direct play by Scott Brown created the opening from which Celtic scored the game's only goal. Brown started the move by running in from the left and switching the ball into the path of Dembele, whose shot was blocked by Darren O'Dea. The loose ball rebounded to BROWN and he calmly fired into the roof of the net from 10 yards.
      The first 10 minutes of the second half were a struggle for the Dark Blues as Celtic camped out in Dundee's half and there seemed a danger that the game might run away from the Dee. The players kept their heads, however, and dug their way back into the match. Dundee started to attack with more conviction but, frustratingly, none of the Dark Blues' attacks resulted in clear chances, though Celtic's defenders were often forced to clear desperately while under pressure.
      In the last half hour the game resumed the pattern of the first half, with Celtic having plenty of the ball, but unable to open up Dundee's defence. Former Dee Leigh Griffiths came off the bench, and his dummy opened up space on the edge of the penalty for Sinclair, but Bain saved comfortably. Jordi Teijsse continued to work and run tirelessly, creating constant problems for Celtic's defence with his physical presence, and taking a fair bit of punishment in return. He won more balls than he lost in the air. These rarely resulted in clean possession for the Dark Blues, but his efforts kept the ball in the danger area and stopped Celtic clearing easily.
      Midway through the half Craig Wighton came on as a straight replacement for Faissal El Bakhtaoui. In the last 10 minutes Nick Ross and Rory Loy replaced Nicky Low and Danny Williams as the Dark Blues switched to 4-3-3 to try to rescue a point.
      The Dark Blues' best moment of the second half came late on whem Cammy Kerr surged past two men in a race down the right. His low crossed flashed through the goalmouth with Mark O'Hara just unable to reach it, and that was as close as Dundee were to come.
      This was a big improvement on the lacklustre performance at Inverness last week. The champions were forced to battle right the way through the 94 minutes of the game to secure three points. Dundee were always competitive and there certainly can't be any faulting the efforts of the players who battled for everything, keeping their shape, concentration and discipline. Sadly they couldn't find the moment of inspiration or luck that would have brought some reward today.
      Dundee FC 3-5-2
      Bain
      Gomis, O'Dea (c), Holt
      Kerr, McGowan, O'Hara, Low (Ross 80), Williams (Loy 83)
      El Bakhtaoui (Wighton 64), Teijsse
          
      Unused subs: Mitchell (gk), Vincent, Etxabeguren, Quigley.
      Booked: Kerr (foul on Rogic), Williams (foul on Forrest).
      Celtic FC 4-2-3-1
      Gordon
      Lustig, Sviatchenko, Simunovic, Tierney
      Brown (c), Bitton
      Forrest (Roberts 74), Rogic (Griffiths 64), Sinclair (Armstrong 84)
      Dembele
      Unused subs: De Vries (gk), Gamboa, Touré, McGregor.
      Goal: Brown (47)
      Booked: Bitton (foul on O'Hara).
      Attendance: 8,827.
      Referee: Andrew Dallas. Assistants: Willie Conquer, Gavin Harris. Fourth official: John McKendrick.
      Report: James Christie.
    • TheDarkBlues
      By TheDarkBlues
      After good wins at the weekend each club made only a single change. Scott Bain returned from suspension to take his place in Dundee's goal, and Nir Bitton replaced the injured Tom Rogic in the Celtic midfield.
      From the start Celtic looked a more composed and dangerous side than they did in the goalless draw in Glasgow a few weeks ago. Patrick Roberts was first to threaten, but his shot was too high after good work on the left by Tierney and MacKay-Steven.
      Leigh Griffiths should have put Celtic ahead after 11 minutes when a simple through ball eluded the Dark Blue defence. The ex-Dee striker seemed sure to score, but he was foiled by Scott Bain's great block.
      After that scare Dundee's defence settled down and were on top of their game for the rest of the match. Nothing less would have been good enough as Celtic probed with clever passing and running.
      The champions may have been dominating play in the first half, but Dundee were still very much in the match. Craig Gordon had to save well when his defence failed to clear a Greg Stewart free kick. At full stretch he beat away Nick Ross's powerful  18 yard shot, but no Dees were following in to attack the loose ball.
      Kane Hemmings turned and shot wide after Kevin Holt reached the byline during a spell in the middle of the first half when Celtic were dominating possession, but failing to create the shooting opportunities Dundee's more direct approach was providing. A long clearance sailed over the heads of the Celtic defence, and Rory Loy's first time shot from the edge of the penalty area brought another fine save from Gordon.
      As the first half moved to a close Celtic pushed Dundee back and put the home defence under sustained pressure. Three minutes from the break the Dark Blues had a huge escape. Kieran Tierney raced to the byline and pulled a cross back for Stefan Johansen, whose shot took a big deflection, beating Bain, but rebounding from the post.
      There was a surprise for the home support when Craig Wighton came out after the half time break, replacing Kane Hemmings.
      The second half got off to an exciting start, with close calls at both ends. Griffiths' header from a deep cross beyond the far post went straight to Bain. Craig Gordon was then called upon again to rescue Celtic, making a vital save from Craig Wighton who had broken clear.
      A Griffiths' free kick took a wicked kick off the pitch and Bain did well to parry it. Patrick Roberts then threatened with a marvellous dribble into the penalty area, only to be stopped in his tracks by Paul McGowan's perfectly timed tackle. Griffiths again came close when he had two shots blocked in a scramble following a corner.
      Dundee fought back and Rory Loy came agonisingly close to the first goal when he struck the post after McGowan's shot was too strong for Gordon to hold.
      Midway through the second half Celtic twice went close from corners. The first time Nick Ross calmly cleared Lustig's header off the line, and then Cammy Kerr got in the way to divert Mulgrew's header over the bar.
      Just after the hour Gary Harkins came on for the injured Rory Loy. A good Dee move ended with Greg Stewart blasting the ball from 20 yards too close to Gordon to trouble the Scotland keeper.
      There were no more clear chances in the last 25 minuts as both defences were on top. Celtic spent a lot of time in the Dundee half, but struggled to play their way into the home penalty area as a superbly organised Dundee midfield and defence kept them at bay.
      Dundee earned many plaudits for their performance in the draw at Celtic Park in March, but Celtic played poorly by their standards that night. They were far better tonight, and it took a very good Dundee team to stop them. Most goalless draws are disappointing affairs, but tonight's game was enthralling and the supporters showed their appreciation for the efforts of the Dark Blues players with a standing ovation at the end. It was a terrific team performance, but the defenders are entitled to feel particularly proud of a clean sheet against the division's top scorers.
      Dundee FC 3-4-1-2
      Bain
      Konrad, Etxabeguren, O'Dea
      Kerr, McGowan (c), Ross, Holt
      Stewart
      Loy (Harkins 61), Hemmings (Wighton, half time)
      Unused subs: Mitchell (gk), Meggatt, Arturo, Curran, Waddell.
      Booked: Holt (foul on Roberts)
      Celtic FC 4-2-3-1
      Gordon
      Lustig (Kazim-Richards 63), Boyata, Sviatchenko (Mulgrew 60), Tierney
      Brown (c), Biton
      Roberts, Johansen, Mackay-Steven (Armstrong 87)
      Griffiths
      Unused subs: Fasan (gk, Commons, McGregor, Forrest.
      Booked: Johansen (foul on Ross)
      Referee: Kevin Clancy. Assistants: David McGeachie, Joseph Lawson. Fourth official: Euan Anderson.
      Attendance: 9,566
      Report: James Christie
       
    • TheDarkBlues
      By TheDarkBlues
      The Dark Blues starting line-up was unchanged from last week's win at Partick. Celtic made five changes from the side who lost at Aberdeen; Janko, Ambrose, Izaguirre, Commons and Forrest came in for Lustig, Blackett, Mulgrew, Johansen and Mackay-Steven.
      Celtic started on top and kept control throughout a long and tough match for the Dee. Leigh Griffiths missed with an early free kick that Scott Bain ushered wide. The former Dee striker was buzzing around, involved in every dangerous Celtic attack. He shot too high from a difficult angle when he was given too much space. Griffiths was then foiled by a great Bain block after Scott Brown had surged into the penalty area.
      The first goal came after 13 minutes when Brown found Izaguirre in space on the left. The full back ran on and delivered a perfect cutback for ROGIC to score with a neat volley from 12 yards.
      Dundee immediately responded with a promising attack, only to lose the ball when Harkins' pass missed Ross. Celtic broke, but James McPake seemed to have the situation under control till he was muscled off the ball by Bitton. Kevin Thomson tried to cover but GRIFFITHS managed to nip clear and rifle in number two, a terrible goal to concede so soon after the first.
      Dundee had been forced back by the powerful Celtic midfield and Kane Hemmings was isolated in attack for the first 20 minutes. Gradually the Dee started to move more purposefully towards Celtic's goal and had a couple of borderline penalty shouts when Low and McGinn went down in the penalty area. However, Celtic were far more dangerous and every Dundee attack seemed likely to end with a fast break by the home side.
      Bain saved well from Rigic when Dundee couldn't clear a corner and Commons curled a shot wide as Celtic continued to dominate. Late in the first half Dundee won a free kick just outside the Celtic penalty area. Craig Gordon pushed Harkins' shot away, the ball coming too quickly to Hemmings, who completely miskicked. Celtic still had time to threaten Bain's goal three more times before the break. James Forrest hit the crossbar at the end of a mazy run into the penalty area. Bain turned a Rogic shot wide for a corner, and Commons saw a shot deflect off McPake and over the bar.
      The second half started quietly as Celtic cruised, without feeling the need to move into top gear. The game burst back into life when IZAGUIRRE played a smart one-two with Commons and smashed the ball inside Bain's near post.
      Dundee responded by sending on Rory Loy and Riccardo Calder for Harkins and Thomson. Calder was quickly into the action when his header from a corner had to be clutched at the post by Gordon. However, the young winger failed to stop Janko reaching Dundee's byline and the Celtic full back's cross was deflected over Bain for IZAGUIRRE to knock in the fourth at the far post.
      When Gary Irvine tripped substitute Darren McGregor on the byline Izaguirre wasted a perfect chance for a hat trick. His penalty kick was wild and high, just about the only thing that Celtic got wrong all afternoon.
      The game died as a spectacle for a long spell after that as Celtic effortlessly held Dundee at bay and occasionally probed for more goals. The nearest that Dundee came to a half chance was when Calder raced down the left and swung over a cross for Rhys Healey, who had replaced Hemmings, to head well over the bar.
      Bain pulled off another great save to deny Scott Brown. The Dee keeper was fortunate when he dropped a Mackay-Steven free kick and substitute Ciftci knocked the ball into the net; the referee decided he'd been fouled. After 86 minutes Bain was helpless when BROWN swept home the fifth from Ciftci's cutback. Immediately Dundee threw away an embarrassing sixth goal when Irvine hit a careless passback straight to CIFTCI who had all the time he wanted to place the ball past Bain.
      Dundee started poorly today and were never able to snap out of their torpor. Celtic's powerful midfield ran the game for the full 90 minutes and ensured that Dundee's midfield never had a free second or inch. The Dark Blues' midfield was totally dominated and could neither protect the defence or offer any threat moving forward. In defence Dundee were poor, making far too many fatal mistakes against a side that would be sure to punish them. Scott Bain was the only player who can take any satisfaction at all from today's performance.
      Celtic 4-2-3-1
      Gordon
      Janko, Boyata, Ambrose, Izaguirre
      Bitton, Brown
      Rogic, Commons (McGregor 62), Forrest (Mackay-Steven 62)
      Griffiths (Ciftci 56)
      Unused subs: Bailly (gk), Blackett, Stokes, Tierney
      Goals: Rogic (13), Griffiths (15), Izaguirre (52, 60), Brown (86), Ciftci (87)
      Booked: none.
      Dundee FC 4-3-2-1
      Bain
      McGinn, Konrad, McPake, Irvine
      Thomson (Loy 59), Ross, Harkins (Calder 59)
      Low, Stewart
      Hemmings (Healey 66)
      Unused subs: Gourlay (gk), Holt, Carreiro, Meggatt
      Booked: Stewart (foul on Mackay-Steven)
      Referee: Steven McLean. Assistants: Steven Mitchell, Graham McNellie. Fourth official: Kevin Graham.
      Attendance: 48,558
      Report: James Christie

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