Dundee 0
Celtic 0
League (Premiership)


Dundee
0 - 0
Celtic 

League (Premiership)
Tuesday, April 5th, 2016
Dens Park
Attendance: 9,566
7:45 PM Kick-off

Goalscorers
None. None.

Team Managers
Paul Hartley
Ronny Deila

Starting Eleven
1. Scott Bain
16. Julen Etxabeguren
3. Kevin Holt
30. Cammy Kerr
4. Thomas Konrad
21. Darren O'Dea
18. Paul McGowan
17. Nick Ross
15. Kane Hemmings
9. Rory Loy
7. Greg Stewart
Craig Gordon .1
Dedryck Boyata .20
Mikael Lustig .23
Erik Sviatchenko .28
Kieran Tierney .63
Nir Bitton .6
Scott Brown .8
Gary Mackay-Steven .16
Stefan Johansen .25
Patrick Roberts .27
Leigh Griffiths .9

Bench
12. David Mitchell
6. Daryll Meggatt
51. Kerr Waddell
29. Gary Harkins
27. Jesse Curran
33. Craig Wighton
22. Arturo Rodriguez
Leonardo Fasan .38
Charlie Mulgrew .21
Stuart Armstrong .14
Callum McGregor .42
Kris Commons .15
James Forrest .49
Colin Kazim-Richards .13

Substitutions
Craig Wighton for Kane Hemmings (46)
Gary Harkins for Rory Loy (62)
Charlie Mulgrew for Erik Sviatchenko (60)
Colin Kazim-Richards for Mikael Lustig (64)
Stuart Armstrong for Gary Mackay-Steven (88)

Cautions
Kevin Holt (85)
Stefan Johansen (72)

Red Cards
None. None.
Match Officials

Kevin Clancy (Referee)
David McGeachie & Joseph Lawrence (Assistants)
Euan Anderson (Fourth Official)


Match Report


There were no goals at Dens Park tonight, but there was no shortage of entertainment as Dundee and Celtic fought out an exciting 0-0 draw. An excellent defensive performance kept the Dark Blues in the top six on goal difference. Whether they stay there after the final match on Saturday before the split remains in their own hands.

After good wins at the weekend each club made only a single change. Scott Bain returned from suspension to take his place in Dundee's goal, and Nir Bitton replaced the injured Tom Rogic in the Celtic midfield.

From the start Celtic looked a more composed and dangerous side than they did in the goalless draw in Glasgow a few weeks ago. Patrick Roberts was first to threaten, but his shot was too high after good work on the left by Tierney and MacKay-Steven.

Leigh Griffiths should have put Celtic ahead after 11 minutes when a simple through ball eluded the Dark Blue defence. The ex-Dee striker seemed sure to score, but he was foiled by Scott Bain's great block.

After that scare Dundee's defence settled down and were on top of their game for the rest of the match. Nothing less would have been good enough as Celtic probed with clever passing and running.

The champions may have been dominating play in the first half, but Dundee were still very much in the match. Craig Gordon had to save well when his defence failed to clear a Greg Stewart free kick. At full stretch he beat away Nick Ross's powerful 18 yard shot, but no Dees were following in to attack the loose ball.

Kane Hemmings turned and shot wide after Kevin Holt reached the byline during a spell in the middle of the first half when Celtic were dominating possession, but failing to create the shooting opportunities Dundee's more direct approach was providing. A long clearance sailed over the heads of the Celtic defence, and Rory Loy's first time shot from the edge of the penalty area brought another fine save from Gordon.

As the first half moved to a close Celtic pushed Dundee back and put the home defence under sustained pressure. Three minutes from the break the Dark Blues had a huge escape. Kieran Tierney raced to the byline and pulled a cross back for Stefan Johansen, whose shot took a big deflection, beating Bain, but rebounding from the post.

There was a surprise for the home support when Craig Wighton came out after the half time break, replacing Kane Hemmings.

The second half got off to an exciting start, with close calls at both ends. Griffiths' header from a deep cross beyond the far post went straight to Bain. Craig Gordon was then called upon again to rescue Celtic, making a vital save from Craig Wighton who had broken clear.

A Griffiths' free kick took a wicked kick off the pitch and Bain did well to parry it. Patrick Roberts then threatened with a marvellous dribble into the penalty area, only to be stopped in his tracks by Paul McGowan's perfectly timed tackle. Griffiths again came close when he had two shots blocked in a scramble following a corner.

Dundee fought back and Rory Loy came agonisingly close to the first goal when he struck the post after McGowan's shot was too strong for Gordon to hold.

Midway through the second half Celtic twice went close from corners. The first time Nick Ross calmly cleared Lustig's header off the line, and then Cammy Kerr got in the way to divert Mulgrew's header over the bar.

Just after the hour Gary Harkins came on for the injured Rory Loy. A good Dee move ended with Greg Stewart blasting the ball from 20 yards too close to Gordon to trouble the Scotland keeper.

There were no more clear chances in the last 25 minutes as both defences were on top. Celtic spent a lot of time in the Dundee half, but struggled to play their way into the home penalty area as a superbly organised Dundee midfield and defence kept them at bay.

Dundee earned many plaudits for their performance in the draw at Celtic Park in March, but Celtic played poorly by their standards that night. They were far better tonight, and it took a very good Dundee team to stop them. Most goalless draws are disappointing affairs, but tonight's game was enthralling and the supporters showed their appreciation for the efforts of the Dark Blues players with a standing ovation at the end. It was a terrific team performance, but the defenders are entitled to feel particularly proud of a clean sheet against the division's top scorers.

Match report written by James Christie - Official Dundee website



Squad Statistics (as at April 5th, 2016)


2015-16 All Time
Age
Scott Bain (GK)24 36 - 62 -
Julen Etxabeguren25 21 - 21 -
Kevin Holt23 333333
Cammy Kerr20 9 - 14 -
Thomas Konrad26 31 - 682
Darren O'Dea29 13 - 13 -
Paul McGowan28 321662
Nick Ross24 361361
Kane Hemmings24 36233623
Rory Loy28 308308
Greg Stewart26 36117526
Gary Harkins (sub)31 32416333
Craig Wighton (sub)18 91404






League Table (as at April 5th, 2016)


No league table has been added for this season.


Manager's Programme Notes


Good evening and welcome to Dens Park for the match against Celtic.

I'd like to start by welcoming Celtic manager Ronny Deila and his backroom staff, as well as both sets of supporters along to Dens.

Our last two results have been a total contrast with an excellent performance and result against Hamilton in our last outing at home followed by defeat against Ross County on Saturday.

We looked a threat when we went forward in both games, with some good attacking play at times.

The festive period brings a lot of games in quick succession so it's good that we have two big games at Dens this week to look to get some more positive results and performances.

Celtic will come into tonight's game determined after a defeat to Motherwell was followed by a draw with Hearts at the weekend so we know we will have to put in a good performance tonight against a strong team.

Enjoy the match.