Celtic 6
Dundee 0
League (Premiership)


6 - 0


League (Premiership)
Sunday, September 20th, 2015
Celtic Park
Attendance: 48,558
3:00 PM Kick-off

Tom Rogic (14)
Leigh Griffiths (16)
Emilio Izaguirre (54)
Emilio Izaguirre (61)
Scott Brown (87)
Nadir Ciftci (87)

Team Managers
Ronny Deila Paul Hartley

Starting Eleven
1. Craig Gordon
3. Emilio Izaguirre
4. Efe Ambrose
20. Dedryck Boyata
22. Saidy Janko
6. Nir Bitton
8. Scott Brown
15. Kris Commons
18. Tom Rogi?
9. Leigh Griffiths
49. James Forrest
Scott Bain .1
Gary Irvine .2
Paul McGinn .19
Thomas Konrad .4
James McPake .5
Nicky Low .8
Kevin Thomson .10
Gary Harkins .29
Nick Ross .17
Kane Hemmings .15
Greg Stewart .7

26. Logan Bailly
2. Tyler Blackett
63. Kieran Tierney
42. Callum McGregor
16. Gary Mackay-Steven
7. Nadir Ciftci
10. Anthony Stokes
David Mitchell .12
Daryll Meggatt .6
Kevin Holt .3
Riccardo Calder .20
Dylan Carreiro .28
Rhys Healey .23
Rory Loy .9

Nadir Ciftci for Leigh Griffiths (57)
Gary Mackay-Steven for Kris Commons (63)
Callum McGregor for James Forrest (63)
Riccardo Calder for Kevin Thomson (59)
Rory Loy for Gary Harkins (60)
Rhys Healey for Kane Hemmings (67)

None. Greg Stewart (89)

Red Cards
None. None.

Match Officials

Steven McLean (Referee)
Stephen Mitchell & Graham McNeillie (Assistants)
Kevin Graham (Fourth Official)

Photography by David Young

Match Report

Dundee crashed to a miserable 6-0 defeat at Celtic Park where they were outclassed this afternoon. The Dark Blues were never in contention and the pattern of the match was set goals by from Tomas Rogic and Leigh Griffiths in the first 15 minutes. Full back Emilio Izaguirre scored two more early in the second half. Scott Brown and Nadir Ciftic added the final two just before the end.

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 14 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 87 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.

Match report written by James Christie - Official Dundee website

Squad Statistics (as at September 20th, 2015)

2015-16 All Time
Scott Bain (GK)23 9 - 35 -
Gary Irvine30 3 - 1906
James McPake31 82464
Thomas Konrad25 8 - 452
Paul McGinn24 9 - 482
Kevin Thomson29 6 - 32 -
Nicky Low23 5 - 5 -
Nick Ross23 9 - 9 -
Gary Harkins30 8 - 13929
Greg Stewart25 944819
Kane Hemmings24 9494
Riccardo Calder (sub)19 2 - 2 -
Rory Loy (sub)27 4242
Rhys Healey (sub)20 1 - 1 -

League Table (as at September 20th, 2015)

No league table has been added for this season.