Dundee 1
Celtic 2
League (Premiership)


Dundee
1 - 2
Celtic 

League (Premiership)
Wednesday, April 22nd, 2015
Dens Park
Attendance: 8,908
7:45 PM Kick-off

Goalscorers
Jim McAlister (87)
Gary Mackay-Steven (32)
Virgil van Dijk (63)

Team Managers
Paul Hartley
Ronny Deila

Starting Eleven
12. Scott Bain
3. Willie Dyer
5. James McPake
19. Paul McGinn
4. Thomas Konrad
48. Stephen McGinn
20. Jim McAlister
11. Simon Ferry
47. Alex Harris
15. Greg Stewart
49. Paul Heffernan
Craig Gordon .26
Emilio Izaguirre .3
Efe Ambrose .4
Virgil van Dijk .5
Jason Denayer .22
Nir Bitton .6
Scott Brown .8
Stuart Armstrong .14
Gary Mackay-Steven .16
Leigh Griffiths .28
James Forrest .49

Bench
1. Kyle Letheren
6. Iain Davidson
35. Calvin Colquhoun
24. Andrew Black
21. Luka Tankulic
16. David Clarkson
33. Craig Wighton
Lukasz Zaluska .24
Kieran Tierney .63
Darnell Fisher .41
Kris Commons .15
John Guidetti .9
Stefan Scepovic .12
Anthony Stokes .10

Substitutions
Luka Tankulic for Alex Harris (59)
Iain Davidson for Simon Ferry (69)
Kris Commons for James Forrest (76)
John Guidetti for Leigh Griffiths (76)
Kieran Tierney for Emilio Izaguirre (81)

Cautions
Simon Ferry (50)
James McPake (63)
None.

Red Cards
None. None.
Match Officials

Calum Murray (Referee)
Stuart MacMillan & Graeme Leslie (Assistants)
Gavin Ross (Fourth Official)


Match Report


Dundee welcomed league leaders Celtic to Dens Park on Wednesday evening for a pre-split meeting between two of the top six teams.

This rescheduled fixture had looked at one stage like it could have been vital in Dundee's hunt for the top six but everyone at the dub was delighted that wasn't the case with the top six place being secured last week.

There was still points on offer though and with a real chance of catching St. Johnstone and Dundee United who occupy 4th and 5th spots, Paul Hartley's team looked to take advantage of a game in hand.

Celtic came into the match hurting after a William Hill Scottish Cup semi final defeat to Inverness Caley Thistle and made changes bringing ex Dundee United pair Gary Mackay-Steven and Stuart Armstrong back into the fold.

Dundee were without Paul McGowan and recalled Paul Heffernan and Alex Harris to the starting eleven, David Clarkson dropped to the bench.

The first half was a fairly even contest with lots of play from both team around the area but neither really threatening the opposition goal early on.

Ex-Dee Leigh Griffiths got onto a ball inside the Dundee area but fired into the side netting from a tight angle but the first real chance of the night brought the first goal just after the half hour mark.

Referee Calum Murray waved advantage before quickly calling back and giving the visitors a free kick when Mackay-Steven was fouled. From the resulting free kick, it was headed back across goal by van Dijk and fell for Mackay-Steven who cooly took his time before finding the top corner.

Right on half time, Dundee had a shout for a penalty when Greg Stewart and van Dijk both challenge for a ball in the area and the Dundee man went over but ref Murray wasn't interested.

The match improved as the team started the second half, with James McPake having an effort for the home side after a good run but a slip at the vital moment took the sting out of the shot and it was easy for Craig Gordon to collect.

James Forrest then tee'd up Griffiths 12 yards out and the ex Dee got a good shot on target but Scott Bain pulled off a fantastic save to keep the score at 1-0.

However, it wasn't to be long until Celtic did double their lead. van Dijk stepped up from similar distance as his free kick in the Semi Final on Sunday and bettered it with a similar up and down over the wall and it flew past Bain and into the top corner.

Dundee brought Luka Tankulic on after a period out injured and the striker had a chance after a poor Biton clearance but his shot was blocked over.

He did have a hand as Dundee pulled on back later on when he fed Paul McGinn on the right. The defender cut it back for Jim McAlister who arrived late and swept the ball into the net beyond Gordon.

Dundee put the pressure on Celtic with McPake immediately heading up front but couldn't find a second goal despite a valiant effort.

Match report written by Official Dundee website



Squad Statistics (as at April 22nd, 2015)


2014-15 All Time
Age
Scott Bain (GK)23 24 - 24 -
Thomas Konrad25 332332
Paul McGinn24 342342
James McPake30 332332
Willie Dyer28 21 - 47 -
Alex Harris20 141141
Simon Ferry27 201201
Jim McAlister29 36212012
Stephen McGinn26 101101
Greg Stewart25 35153515
Paul Heffernan33 5151
Iain Davidson (sub)31 131835
Luka Tankulic (sub)23 262262






League Table (as at April 22nd, 2015)


No league table has been added for this season.


Manager's Programme Notes


Tonight we face Celtic and I would like to start by welcoming Ronny Deila and his backroom staff as well as both sets of supporters along to Dens.

Celtic will be coming into the match hurting after defeat to Inverness Caley Thistle in the Scottish Cup so we know we will be in for a tough game tonight.

I was happy last week for everyone at the club when it was confirmed on the Sunday that we had made the top six. It's been a good season so far and I'm hopeful we can continue that into the final games as we look to finish as high as possible.

On a personal note, I am delighted to have signed a new three year deal with the club. We are building for the future here, laying down the foundations and I'm delighted to be part of that.

The vision is to try make the club strong, and my vision is to make the club a top 4 side. That will take time, there is alot of work to be done and we are still building the team. We've got alot of unfinished business.

So onto tonight and we'll look to put in another good display against the league leaders as we have already this season at Dens and in Glasgow.

Enjoy the game.