Celtic 0
Dundee 2
League (Premier League)


0 - 2


League (Premier League)
Sunday, May 13th, 2001
Celtic Park
Attendance: 59,435
3:00 PM Kick-off

None. Fabian Caballero (29)
Fabian Caballero (42)

Team Managers
Martin O'Neil Ivano Bonetti

Starting Eleven
1. Jonathan Gould
35. Johan Mjällby
4. Jackie McNamara
5. Joos Valgaeren
36. Ramon Vega
8. Alan Thompson
14. Paul Lambert
18. Neil Lennon
25. Lubomir Moravcík
39. Jamie Smith
7. Henrik Larsson
Jamie Langfield .3
Zurab Khizanishvili .30
Chris Coyne .22
Barry Smith .2
Walter Del Rio .26
Beto Carranza .25
Alessandro Romano .29
Javier Artero .18
Gavin Rae .14
Mark Robertson .23
Fabian Caballero .7

2. Tommy Boyd
6. Alan Stubbs
29. Shaun Maloney
23. Dmitriy Kharin
24. Colin Healy
Derek Soutar
Umberto Fatello
Beto Garrido .36
Juan Sara .9
Steven Milne .15

Tommy Boyd for Ramon Vega (46)
Shaun Maloney for Jamie Smith (46)
Alan Stubbs for Joos Valgaeren (80)
Beto Garrido for Javier Artero (68)
Steven Milne for Fabian Caballero (86)

Alan Stubbs (84) Mark Robertson (81)
Fabian Caballero (84)

Red Cards
None. Zurab Khizanishvili (34)

Match Officials

Tom Brown (Referee)

Match Report

Two goals from Fabian Caballero delivered Dundee's first victory over Celtic in 13 years and provided fans with more evidence that life without Claudio Caniggla should be just fine.

The former World Cup star's drawn-out departure to Ibrox is, Dark Blues manager Ivano Bonetti revealed, 98% complete-with the remaining details expected to be taken care of today. And, while the inevitable pictures of the striker posing in the light blue of Rangers may be a depressing sight for supporters who have thrilled at his play this season, the knowledge that the income the move generates will allow Bonetti to add to a squad already replete with exotic talent should be reasonable consolation.

Caniggia, as Bonetti pointed out, was brought in initially as a temporary replacement for Caballero-and the latter's line scores in the 29th and 42nd minutes at Celtic Park yesterday advertised what a force he should be next season when fully fit.

"I was delighted to get the goals today because it helped the team to a big win and also made all the hard work I had to put in when injured this season worth while," said Caballero.

"If, as looks likely, Claudio goes he will belong in the past as far as the other players here are concerned because we have a job to do with or without him.

"I will stay because I am happy here and will continue to do my very best for the club."

Dundee's victory yesterday was all the more impressive because it was achieved with the handicap of having to play for nearly an hour reduced to ten men. Georgian Internationalist Zura Khizanishvill was the man dismissed-for a last man foul on Henrik Larsson in the 34th minute but by then the visitors had already established an advantage thanks to a superb opening goal, which displayed their brand of passing football to best advantage.

Spaniard Javier Artero started the move off when he picked out Gavin Rae in midfield. The Scotland internationalist in turn found Beto Carranza wide on the right wing, who made the most of a clever decoy run by Walter Del Rio to cut inside his marker and float a chip in to the feet of Caballero-in the middle of the Celtic penalty box.

The striker still had plenty to do. He had his back to goal and was closely marked by Ramon Vega but he made light of it swivelling and curling a shot just inside keeper Jonathan Gould's far post.

It was no more than Dundee deserved for they had been enterprising from the first whistle-with Mark Robertson catching the eye on his first start with some determined midfield play. It was Robertson, too, who had gone closest with a fierce shot from distance just over the crossbar and a slide-rule pass which sent Caballero In on goal.

The loss of central defender Khizanishvilis
seemed hugely significant though, with Bonetti's dramatic expression saying it all. The Italian, never less than expressive from his position in the dugout, was incensed and showed his disapproval by hurling his jacket into the crowd-breaking his mobile phone in the process-and storming up the tunnel.

"I just needed to get away for a minute," he said.

"Football is a game which is full of emotion and I think it is normal for these things to happen.

"I came back after a minute but decided in the second half that I would be better taking a seat in the director's box."

From his elevated view he saw Dundee not only protect their advantage but add to it.

Once again the goal was an excellent one, with Robertson playing an inch perfect pass to free Artero down the right. The midfielder did not have one of his best days but managed to pick out the run of Caballero. Mjallby failed to intercept his cross and the Argentinean was left with a tap in.

A stung Celtic surged forward time after time with keeper Jamie Langfield forced to make a succession of point blank saves from Mjallby, Larsson and Celtic substizute Sean Maloney.

"I told my mate last night that I would shut Celtic out and I've managed to do it," the Dundee keeper said with a smile.

"I believe that's the only time they've failed to score here (Celtic Park) this season so I have to be happy with it.

"It is my job to save goals and just as it is Fabian's to score them and we have both succeeded here."

Incredibly Dundee could easily have made it 3-0 with Beto Carranza having a shot saved from point blank range and Rae driving another effort just wide.

In fairness, though, Celtic had numerous opportunities of their own-Alan Thompson's right-sided corner found Lubo Moravcik just two yards out from an open goal but somehow he missed.

"It was just one of those days where nothing was going to go in," said Celtic boss Martin O'Neill.

"I said before the game that Dundee were an excellent side, who on their day were capable of beating anyone, and they thoroughly deserved their victory.

"They are a side who tend to be gloriously inconsistent and to my mind it is only that which has prevented them from mounting a challenge for the title.

"We have to concern ourselves about Celtic, though, and the need to lift our selves for the Scottish Cup Final in a fortnight's time."

Meanwhile, Bonetti was more than satisfied with the effort put in by his players. "To beat Celtic is always good and to do so with 10 men is doubly pleasing. The players showed good concentration and good organisation and of course the goals were wonderful."

In addition to the sending off, referee Tom Brown booked Robertson for a foul on Maloney and showed yellow cards to Caballero and Alan Stubbs for an altercation in the Celtic box. Alessandro Romano was also yellow carded for fouling Maloney.

Match report written by The Courier

Squad Statistics (as at May 13th, 2001)

2000-01 All Time
Jamie Langfield (GK)21 8 - 13 -
Barry Smith27 41 - 2201
Chris Coyne22 23 - 23 -
Zurab Khizanishvili19 6 - 6 -
Walter Del Rio24 8 - 8 -
Mark Robertson24 4 - 4 -
Gavin Rae23 37414112
Javier Artero26 403494
Alessandro Romano31 18 - 18 -
Beto Carranza28 253253
Fabian Caballero23 168168
Beto Garrido (sub) - 9 - 9 -
Steven Milne (sub)21 234254

League Table (as at May 13th, 2001)

No league table has been added for this season.