Dundee 0
Celtic 5
League (Scottish Premiership)

0 - 5

League (Scottish Premiership)
Wednesday, October 31st, 2018
Dens Park
Attendance: 7,960
7:45 PM Kick-off

None. Tom Rogic (20)
Scott Sinclair (33)
James Forrest (38)
Odsonne Edouard (45)
Ryan Christie (48)

Team Managers
Jim McIntyre
Brendan Rodgers

Starting Eleven
1. Jack Hamilton
5. Genséric Kusunga
6. Darren O'Dea
2. Cammy Kerr
15. Ryan Inniss
8. Glen Kamara
27. Jesse Curran
28. Lewis Spence
7. Roarie Deacon
19. Benjamin Källman
20. Kenny Miller
Craig Gordon .1
Dedryck Boyata .20
Mikael Lustig .23
Filip Benkovi? .32
Kieran Tierney .63
Scott Sinclair .11
Ryan Christie .17
Tom Rogi? .18
Callum McGregor .42
James Forrest .49
Odsonne Édouard .22

12. Elliot Parish
23. Andrew Boyle
10. Elton Ngwatala
47. Jack Lambert
14. Adil Nabi
11. Jean Alassane Mendy
9. Sofien Moussa
Scott Bain .29
Kristoffer Ajer .35
Lewis Morgan .16
Daniel Arzani .14
Jack Hendry .4
Jonny Hayes .15
Mikey Johnston .73

Sofien Moussa for Benjamin Källman (45)
Andrew Boyle for Ryan Inniss (46)
Jack Lambert for Roarie Deacon (69)
Lewis Morgan for Tom Rogi? (57)
Daniel Arzani for Odsonne Edouard (57)
Kristoffer Ajer for Dedryck Boyata (70)

Ryan Inniss (33)
Roarie Deacon (51)
Darren O'Dea (54)
Jesse Curran (75)
Tom Rogic (54)

Red Cards
None. None.
Match Officials

Alan Muir (Referee)
Sean Carr & Daniel McFarlane (Assistants)
Steven Kirkland (Fourth Official)

Match Report

A dominant Celtic side ran up a convincing 5-0 win against the Dark Blues at the Kilmac Stadium at Dens Park. Tom Rogic put the Celts ahead and Scott Sinclair made it two from the penalty spot. James Forrest and Odsonne Edouard added the third and fourth late in the first half with Ryan Christie completing the scoring shortly after half time.

Dundee made two changes following the defeat against Hearts. Genseric Kusunga replaced Calvin Miller, who could not play against his parent club, and Roarie Deacon came in for Elton Ngwatala. Celtic recalled Craig Gordon in goal, with Scott Bain on the bench, and also brought in Ryan Christie and Scott Sinclair, replacing Eboue Kouassi and Olivier Ntcham.

Celtic started at little more than half pace and that allowed the Dark Blues to stay competitive for the first 15 minutes. The Dee had a couple of decent moves down the right, but nothing that came close to causing problems in Celtic’s penalty area.

Once Celtic stepped up their game the outcome felt inevitable. On 19 minutes Tom ROGIC was given too much time to tee up a shot on the edge of the Dundee and he flighted a beautifully judged chip over Jack Hamilton and into the top corner.

That settled the pattern of the game and the Dark Blues were pressed back into their own half as Celtic passed the ball around. Just after the half hour they were awarded a penalty when Ryan Inniss’s challenge sent Ryan Christie to the ground. Scott SINCLAIR scored without any fuss.

Seven minutes from the interval Celtic scored the third. Callum McGregor knocked a long pass over the top for Kieran Tierny to race clear and his cut back was expertly stabbed home from 15 yards by James FORREST.

Benjamin Källman sent a header over the Celtic crossbar, but in the process picked up a head knock that forced him out of the game. Sofien Moussa replaced him.

In first half injury time Celtic extended their lead following skillful play on the left by Forrest. His cutback from the byline was turned in from close range by Odsonne EDOUARD.

Andy Boyle came on for Ryan Inniss at half time, but the second half had barely started when Celtic went five up. Edouard’s pass opened up the Dundee defence allowing CHRISTIE to run in and poke the ball past Hamilton.

Fortunately Celtic eased back a gear and Dundee kept working away to prevent any further scoring. The rest of the match was largely a non-event. Hamilton pulled off a fine save from Edouard’s 22 yard free kick. Tierney missed a sitter from close range and Scott Sinclair was guilty of trying to walk the ball into the net on a couple of occasions late on.

Apart from that little happened, and nothing came of any of the Dark Blues’ efforts to attack. They were unable to worry Celtic’s defence at any point. Celtic had to play the last 10 minutes with 10 men after substitute Daniel Arzani was stretchered off following an innocuous looking foul. The one man advantage was of no help to Dundee and Celtic remained firmly in charge.

After Dundee’s bad run no Dundee supporter could have approached the match with any confidence, and the evening panned out much as the pessimists predicted. Celtic were far too strong in all areas of the park and were in total control throughout. They always gave the impression they had plenty in reserve and could have taken their game up a level if they had been forced to. Sadly the gulf between the teams tonight was huge.

Match report written by James Christie - Official Dundee website

Squad Statistics (as at October 31st, 2018)

2018-19 All Time
Jack Hamilton (GK)24 9 - 9 -
Genséric Kusunga30 7 - 171
Ryan Inniss23 7 - 7 -
Cammy Kerr23 14 - 1121
Darren O'Dea31 3 - 835
Glen Kamara23 9 - 55 -
Roarie Deacon27 4 - 401
Lewis Spence22 111311
Jesse Curran22 14 - 28 -
Kenny Miller38 6 - 6 -
Benjamin Källman20 101101
Andrew Boyle (sub)27 6161
Jack Lambert (sub)19 1 - 3 -
Sofien Moussa (sub)30 1024315

League Table (as at October 31st, 2018)

No league table has been added for this season.

Manager's Programme Notes

Good evening and welcome along to tonight's match with Celtic. I'd like to start by welcoming Brendan Rodgers and his backroom staff. It's been another busy week as we prepared for the match.

We know how difficult a game it is going to be and it's been important this week for the players to try take the messages on as quickly as they possibly can. It's also important they know they have my support and they must continue to try and do the right things.

I'm delighted that Jimmy Boyle has agreed to become my assistant manager this week. It made perfect sense to me, Jimmy is someone I've known for a long time. He was my team mate for three years at Airdrie.

I was looking for someone with good experience, who knows the game, who knows the players and I would have struggled to find anyone better. He has been a manager himself so he knows what it is all about. The week that we worked together I felt we complimented each other well.

Tonight will be a tough game. Anytime you play Celtic it's going to be a tough challenge. They seem to have their majo back in terms of playing free flowing football.

We know we have to stand up and be counted tonight and we know we will have to have 1-11 playing at their maximum. We have to have a good structure about us and when we get our opportunities we have to be ruthless.

The backing we received last Tuesday at home against Hearts was fantastic and I can't wait to hear the same again tonight as we look to get the points to start moving up the table.