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Dundee Vs Celtic MATCH THREAD
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Dundee take on Celtic at Dens Park in front of the BT Sports cameras on Saturday and here we round up everything you need to know ahead of the match.

Match Info
FIXTURE:        Dundee v Celtic
COMPETITION:    Ladbrokes Premiership
DATE:            Saturday 1st October 2016
KICK-OFF:        12.15pm
VENUE:        Dens Park

Opposition Info
FORMED:        1888
STADIUM:        Parkhead
CAPACITY:        60,411
MANAGER:        Brendan Rodgers
CHAIRMAN:        Ian Bankier
NICKNAME:        The Bhoys
MASCOTS:        Hoopy the Huddle Hound
CLUB COLOURS:    Green and White
HONOURS:        European Cup: 1966/67
Scottish League Championship: 47 times between 1892 to present
Scottish Cup winners: 36 times between 1891 to present
League Cup winners: 15 times between 1956 to present
UEFA Cup Runners Up: 2002/03
Intercontinental Cup Runners Up: 1967
RECORD WIN:    10-0 v Raith Rovers, Scottish League A Division, 13/10/1962
CLUB WEBSITE:    http://www.celticfc.net

Getting to the Ground
The full address of Dens Park for Sat-Nav is Dens Park, Sandeman Street, Dundee, DD3 7JY

The city centre of Dundee can be reached easily by both road & rail. From Dundee City Centre you can use the no 1A or no 24 National Express Dundee bus services, both of which can be boarded at the Albert Square. For a taxi to the ground, call Tay Taxis on 01382450450.

Head to Head v Celtic
LEAGUE:        Won 43, Drawn 48, Lost 138
SCOTTISH CUP:    Won 1, Drawn 4, Lost 17
LEAGUE CUP:    Won 7, Drawn 2, Lost 12
TOTALS:        Won 51, Drawn 54, Lost 167

Last Five Dundee v Celtic Matches
05/04/2016 | Home | Premiership | Drew 0-0 | 9,566 |
02/03/2016 | Away | Premiership | Drew 0-0 | 41,451 |
20/09/2015 | Away | Premiership | Lost 6-0 | 48,558 | Rogic, Griffiths, Izaguirre (2), Brown, Ciftci
01/05/2015 | Away | Premiership | Lost 5-0 | 44,299 | Griffiths, Brown, Commons, Forrest, Bitton
22/04/2015 | Home | Premiership | Lost 1-2 | 8,908 | McAlister/Van Dijk, Mackay-Steven

Last Meeting
Dundee’s last encounter with Celtic was a goalless draw at Dens Park. In what was an entertaining game of football, boths sides hit the post either side of half time and Dundee denied Celtic two goals with two goal line clearances.
Celtic started brightly and Patrick Roberts showed the Dees defence what he was capable of. The on-loan Manchester City forward sent Holt the wrong way with a clever flick but smashed his shot over. The Dark Blues threatened also as Nick Ross’ shot was pushed away by Gordon in the Bhoys goal while Rory Loy could only fire his shot directly at the keeper after being played through by Kane Hemmings’ flick. Celtic youngster Kieran Tierney was also impressing for The Bhoys and almost created the opener two minutes before the break as he found Johansen with a low cut-back, but his effort cannoned off Griffiths and bounced against Bain’s post before Holt could clear to safety. It was end to end stuff.

Later in the match Gordon had to pull off a brilliant save to keep out Paul McGowan’s volley from distance, while Loy met the rebound on the stretch but could only hit the woodwork. Deila’s team kept pushing for the breakthrough, coming close with a pair of headers from Mikael Lustig and Charlie Mulgrew from back-to-back corners, but the longer the match went, the more desperate their efforts became. Skipper Scott Brown wasted a pair of crosses, sparking a groan from the travelling Celtic support in the Bob Shankly stand. Roberts tried to use his ability down the left but found no takers for his crosses as Dundee held out for a valuable point in their bid to claim a top-six spot

Dundee: Bain, Kerr, O’Dea, Extabeguren, Holt, Loy (Harkins 62’), Ross, McGowan, Stewart, Hemmings (Wighton 45’)

Booked – Holt

Celtic: Gordon, Lustig (Kazim-Richards 64’), Boyata, Sviatchenko (Mulgrew 60’), Tierney, Brown, Johansen, Roberts, Bitton, Mackay-Steven (Armstrong 88’), Griffiths

Booked – Johansen

Celtic’s Season So Far

Celtic have started this season in immense form. Having only dropped two points this season, scoring 23 goals in the process and turning over both Aberdeen and Rangers, it’s hard to see anybody stopping them with ease. Rodgers has brought in a new lease of life to Celtic, their football is sometimes unplayable. They’re in the group stage of the Champions League and played out a marvellous 3-3 draw with Manchester City earlier in the week. Their only fault, if you can fault them, has been the draw in Inverness but that’s arguably one of the toughest grounds to go to in the top flight.
New signings have started their Celtic careers with a bang. Sinclair and Dembele being the standout individuals. Sinclair is the first player since Jimmy McGrory to score in each of Celtic’s five opening league matches in a season, an outstanding achievement. Dembele has kept up the trend by scoring 12 goals from his 11 starts. Things are looking good in the league cup as well after getting past Alloa Athletic to book their semi-final spot where they will play Rangers in what promises to be another intense Old Firm clash. The Bhoys will come to Dens on Saturday looking to extend their lead at the top of the Ladbrokes Premiership table and pick up another three valuable points to increase their chances of securing another top flight title.

Top Scorers
DUNDEE: Loy 2, O’Hara 2, El Bakhtaoui 1, Holt 1, Low 1
CELTIC: Dembele 12, Griffiths 8, Sinclair 7; Rogic 6, Forrest 5

Ticketing Information
Tickets for the first visit of Celtic to Dens Park this season are on sale now from the Ticket office.

This match is a Category A match and is all ticket. There will be no sale of tickets on the day of the match.

Family Area Priced tickets available in the Bobby Cox Stand
Rows A – Y, Seats 1 – 47 with prices as follows:
Adult and one child under 12 £30
Two adults and two children under 12 £55
With additional children under 12 at £ 5
Children under 16 in the family area are £ 12
Under 12 and Under 16 tickets can only be bought as part of a family group
Prices for all areas in Dens Park are priced at £25 for Adults, £18 for concessions and £15 for juveniles

Tickets are available from the ticket office, in person or by phone on 01382 889966 (Option 1).

Match Programme
Saturday’s match programme for the match against Celtic will be available to buy in and around the ground and in the club shop and is a full, colour 52 page edition.

– ‘The Dee’ is packed with news, views and features and this week includes:
– A message from manager Paul Hartley
– A message from Managing Director John Nelms

– Tribute to Alan Cousin
– Regular ‘Squad Number’ feature looking at the players who have worn the number 5 shirt for Dundee through the years
– Classic Match
– This Week in History
– Profile on visitors Celtic
– Junior Dees News and Quiz
– Dundee Supporters Association news
– Picture This
– Match stats and pics from the Inverness v Dundee match last weekend

Dundee’s matchday magazine The Dee, produced by our partners Curtis Sports will be available on Sunday for just £3.

How To Watch
The full ninety minutes of the match will be available to subscribers of DEETV on Saturday evening while a shorter highlights package will be available to view on Monday alongside exclusive post match interviews with the manager and players.

The pre-match press conference is also available to view on DEETV.

You can sign up for DEETV for just £5 a month on the official website where you will have access to Highlights, Interviews and all the Dundee FC goals at the click of the button.

If you are out with the UK you will also be able to take advantage of our Live Streaming package for every home game.

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Dundee FC 0 v 1 Celtic

Champions Celtic took the points in the lunchtime game at Dens Park today, edging out Dundee with a goal by skipper Scott Brown at the start of the second half. The Dark Blues fought hard in a tight competitive game, but couldn’t find the spark they needed to grab a point.

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 ©, 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 ©, 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.


  




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