Scottish Premiership
Dundee1Celtic2

Dundee 1-2 Celtic

  • Gary Mackay-Steven gives Celtic first-half lead
  • Virgil van Dijk free-kick doubles advantage
  • Jim McAlister scored late on for hosts
  • Celtic move eight points clear at top of Premiership

Celtic took a step closer to clinching the Scottish Premiership title with a comfortable win over Dundee.

Gary Mackay-Steven put Celtic in front when he was allowed to breeze through the defence and Virgil van Dijk doubled the lead with a powerful free-kick.

Ronny Deila's men were given a fright late on at Dens Park when they switched off and allowed Jim McAlister to finish low into the net.

But they held on to move eight points clear of Aberdeen in the title race.

The final score made the game look closer than it was, even if Celtic lacked the spark and energy that has become commonplace under Delia.

Mackay-Steven and former Dundee United team-mate Stuart Armstrong were both restored to the side after being ineligible for the Scottish Cup semi-final defeat by Inverness and, in the early stages, they looked the more likely to create something for the visitors.

Two Armstrong corners caused problems, goalkeeper Scott Bain punching the first into the path of Mackay-Steven, whose shot was not far away, before Van Dijk got a decent connection on the second delivery.

In a first half dominated by mistakes, Bain almost gifted Celtic the opening goal when he flapped at a cross.

Virgil van Dijk doubled Celtic's lead with a free-kick
Virgil van Dijk doubled Celtic's lead with a free-kick

Then, as Dundee tried to clear, James Forrest tumbled under Willie Dyer's challenge, but referee Calum Murray waved away the penalty claims.

Dundee's resistance was finally broken when Mackay-Steven took Van Dijk's knockdown on the run and coolly slotted the ball past Bain.

The game fell into a little bit of a lull after that, with Jason Denayer, Nir Bitton and Leigh Griffiths all sending long-range efforts over the bar.

Forrest should have made it 2-0 when Bitton picked him out in the box, but he turned and fired straight at the goalkeeper, then Bitton himself fizzed a shot past.

Bain denied Griffiths from close range, but the goalkeeper could do nothing to stop Van Dijk's free-kick, the Dutchman sending an effort high into the net.

Dundee, having already achieved a top-six spot, were well below their best, but they rallied late on.

Luka Tankulic had a close-range effort deflected over before McAlister drove a low shot into the net after good work from Paul McGinn.

Line-ups

Dundee

  • 12Bain
  • 19McGinn
  • 4Konrad
  • 5McPakeBooked at 63mins
  • 3Dyer
  • 11FerryBooked at 50minsSubstituted forDavidsonat 69'minutes
  • 20McAlister
  • 47HarrisSubstituted forTankulicat 59'minutes
  • 48McGinn
  • 15Stewart
  • 49Heffernan

Substitutes

  • 1Letheren
  • 6Davidson
  • 16Clarkson
  • 21Tankulic
  • 24Black
  • 33Wighton
  • 35Colquhoun

Celtic

  • 26Gordon
  • 4Ambrose
  • 5van Dijk
  • 22Denayer
  • 3IzaguirreSubstituted forTierneyat 81'minutes
  • 6Bitton
  • 8Brown
  • 49ForrestSubstituted forCommonsat 76'minutes
  • 14Armstrong
  • 16Mackay-Steven
  • 28GriffithsSubstituted forGuidettiat 76'minutes

Substitutes

  • 9Guidetti
  • 10Stokes
  • 12Scepovic
  • 15Commons
  • 24Zaluska
  • 41Fisher
  • 63Tierney
Referee:
Calum Murray
Attendance:
8,908

Match Stats

Home TeamDundeeAway TeamCeltic
Possession
Home43%
Away57%
Shots
Home5
Away17
Shots on Target
Home2
Away6
Corners
Home3
Away10
Fouls
Home12
Away5

Live Text

Match ends, Dundee 1, Celtic 2.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Dundee 1, Celtic 2.

Foul by Stuart Armstrong (Celtic).

Paul McGinn (Dundee) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Attempt saved. Virgil van Dijk (Celtic) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

John Guidetti (Celtic) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Iain Davidson (Dundee).

Foul by Scott Brown (Celtic).

Luka Tankulic (Dundee) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Attempt missed. Gary Mackay-Steven (Celtic) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

Gary Mackay-Steven (Celtic) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Willie Dyer (Dundee).

Goal!

Goal! Dundee 1, Celtic 2. Jim McAlister (Dundee) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Paul McGinn.

Kris Commons (Celtic) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Willie Dyer (Dundee).

Corner, Celtic. Conceded by Paul McGinn.

Corner, Dundee. Conceded by Efe Ambrose.

Attempt missed. Luka Tankulic (Dundee) right footed shot from the centre of the box is just a bit too high.

Foul by Jason Denayer (Celtic).

Paul Heffernan (Dundee) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt missed. Luka Tankulic (Dundee) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right.

Substitution

Substitution, Celtic. Kieran Tierney replaces Emilio Izaguirre.

Corner, Celtic. Conceded by James McPake.

Attempt missed. Kris Commons (Celtic) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right.

Corner, Celtic. Conceded by Thomas Konrad.

Attempt missed. Kris Commons (Celtic) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left.

Attempt blocked. Virgil van Dijk (Celtic) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Substitution

Substitution, Celtic. John Guidetti replaces Leigh Griffiths.

Substitution

Substitution, Celtic. Kris Commons replaces James Forrest.

Attempt missed. Greg Stewart (Dundee) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

Substitution

Substitution, Dundee. Iain Davidson replaces Simon Ferry.

Goal!

Goal! Dundee 0, Celtic 2. Virgil van Dijk (Celtic) from a free kick with a right footed shot to the top left corner.

Booking

James McPake (Dundee) is shown the yellow card.

Stuart Armstrong (Celtic) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by James McPake (Dundee).

Foul by Efe Ambrose (Celtic).

Luka Tankulic (Dundee) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Dundee. Luka Tankulic replaces Alex Harris.

Corner, Celtic. Conceded by Scott Bain.

Attempt saved. Leigh Griffiths (Celtic) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Celtic33254470175379
2Aberdeen33225654282671
3Inverness CT32167944331155
4Dundee Utd32154135247549
5St Johnstone33146132932-348
6Dundee331111114545044
7Hamilton33127144248-643
8Partick Thistle33108154138338
9Kilmarnock33108153546-1138
10Ross County33107163956-1737
11Motherwell3394203357-2431
12St Mirren3363242259-3721
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