Celtic 1
Dundee 0
League Cup (Quarter Final)


1 - 0


League Cup (Quarter Final)
Wednesday, December 1st, 1999
Celtic Park
Attendance: 40,260
3:00 PM Kick-off

Morten Wieghorst (90) None.

Team Managers
John Barnes Jocky Scott

Starting Eleven
1. Jonathan Gould
16. Olivier Tebily
6. Alan Stubbs
2. Vidar Riseth
3. Stephane Mahe
11. Morten Wieghorst
25. Lubomir Moravcik
35. Johan Mjallby
4. Jackie McNamara
17. Ian Wright
36. Mark Viduka
Robert Douglas .1
Lee Sharp .15
Barry Smith .2
Steven Tweed .5
Frank van Eijs .17
Lee Wilkie .20
Patrizio Billio .19
Steven Boyack .7
Gavin Rae .8
Eddie Annand .9
Willie Falconer .11

21. Stewart Kerr
19. Stilian Petrov
27. Mark Burchill
Hugh Robertson .14
Nicky Banger .35
James Grady .10

Stilian Petrov for Ian Wright (46)
Mark Burchill for Vidar Riseth (61)
Nicky Banger for Eddie Annand (46)
James Grady for Patrizio Billio (78)
Hugh Robertson for Lee Sharp (87)

Moravcik Patrizio Billio
Nicky Banger

Red Cards
Stephane Mahe (44) None.

Match Officials

Hugh Dallas (Referee)

Match Report

Former Dundee star Morten Wieghorst wrecked his old mates' dream of a first Glasgow double over the Old Firm in a quarter of a century with a stoppage-time score at Celtic Park.

Given a one-man advantage by the 44th minute dismissal of controversial Frenchman Stephane Mahe and with the hosts tiring fast, the Dark Blues looked set to head into 30 minutes of extra time as favourites to win through.

That would have given them not only a lucrative CIS Insurance Cup semi-final to look forward to but also their first back-to-back victories over Rangers and Celtic in the west since February 1974.

Then, Jocky Scott was a happy participant, scoring in the 3-0 triumph at Ibrox. Last night he was a frustrated spectator, powerless to do anything as the Dane rose high at the back post to head substitute Mark Burchill's cross back and over Robert Douglas for a stunning winner.

"There are no excuses," said Scott.

"It is disappointing to lose a match like that but in truth we didn't make the most of the advantage when we had it and in the end we paid for it.

"We beat Rangers on Sunday because we showed a belief about ourselves and for me that was missing tonight. I can't even say that the sending-off distracted us for we weren't great before it."

Indeed. Viewed from whichever perspective, the tie was pretty pedestrian until Mahe's red card. Lee Wilkie's softish booking for a foul on Ian Wright and a couple of near-things at either end apart, there had been nothing much to get excited about.

An innocuous long ball out of the Dundee defence, though, was to change all that, sending Eddie Annand off in a foot race with Celtic back pair Mahe and Oliver Tebily.

Mahe proved quickest and with a neat touch dragged the ball towards the by-line to give himself space and time to pick out a teammate further up the field.

Annand wasn't for quitting and chased his opponent, putting in a challenge a split second after the pass had been dispatched.

Mahe, caught on the ankle by the late tackle, kicked out at the Dundee man in anger and followed up by leaning over him to hurl abuse in his face as he lay prone on the ground.

Referee Hugh Dallas, who had been following play, turned to farside linesman Joe McDowell for assistance and, after a brief consultation with his colleague, showed the red card to the Frenchman and a yellow to Annand.

The Parkhead crowd hadn't missed Mahe's fury and there after followed the bizarre spectacle of a player being sent off to a standing ovation.

Mahe's teammates were likewise incensed and in the passage of play immediately after the incident it appeared the game was about to degenerate into a full scale brawl.

Neither manager would comment on the matter but Celtic goal hero Wieghorst did feel the Celt had not been entirely to blame.

"I don't want to point the finger at the Dundee player but I think it is fair to say that all of their team would have been aware that tonight's referee was the same man who sent off Stephane in the Old Firm game last season," said the Dane.

"Beyond that I really would not want to say any more.

"Stephane was very upset by the whole thing but what is most important is that we were able to go on and win the tie without him."

Order was at last restored by Dallas when he stepped in quickly to book Wieghorst following the wild lunge which felled Frank van Ejis.

Dundee boss Scott replaced the by now clearly overheating Annand with Nicky Banger.

Celtic had come closest to scoring prior to the fracas with Lubomir Moravcik curling a 20-yard shot onto the crossbar in the opening minutes and Mark Viduka forcing a fine one-handed stop from Douglas.

And their return after the break showed they were not about to let their numerical handicap hold them back.

Within seconds they nearly went ahead. Jackie McNamara pushed forward on the right, picked out the head of Viduka in the middle with his cross then watched in agony as Douglas denied the Australian with a low block.

Slowly but surely, though, Dundee began to exploit the extra space available to them.

Steven Boyack really should have done better when sent scampering in behind the Celtic defence, but he failed to trouble keeper Jonathan Gould, while Gavin Rae will likewise have cause to regret failing to hit the target after slipping his marker to meet a Van Eijs cross.

Willie Falconer then did everything right with his header from Boyack's cross, only to see McNamara knock the ball over.

It was nervy stuff for the travelling support and got worse when Moravcik forced Barry Smith to foul him on the edge of the box.

The home fans rose as one to demand his dismissal for bringing a player down while last man between the attacker and the goal and for a few seconds it appeared that Dallas would give them their wish.

The referee's decision was yellow not red and Smith could breathe easily again as Moravcik curled the resultant free-kick inches past the goal. It was to be only a temporary let off, with Wieghorst saving his killer blow for the death.

In addition to the cautions already mentioned, Dundee's Billio (foul on McNamara), Banger (diving) and Moravcik (foul on Banger) were booked.

Match report written by The Courier

Squad Statistics (as at December 1st, 1999)

1999-00 All Time
Robert Douglas (GK)27 18 - 99 -
Lee Sharp24 81142
Barry Smith25 15 - 1571
Steven Tweed27 181292
Frank van Eijs28 12 - 12 -
Lee Wilkie19 8 - 8 -
Patrizio Billio25 5 - 5 -
Steven Boyack23 183265
Gavin Rae22 182825
Eddie Annand26 1739529
Willie Falconer33 16105114
Hugh Robertson (sub)24 9 - 381
Nicky Banger (sub)27 2 - 2 -
James Grady (sub)28 1518722

League Table (as at December 1st, 1999)

No league table has been added for this season.