Scottish Premiership
Celtic5Dundee0

Celtic 5-0 Dundee

  • Leigh Griffiths and Scott Brown score in first half
  • Kris Commons makes it three with penalty kick
  • James Forrest and Nir Bitton add further goals
  • Celtic 11 points clear of second-placed Aberdeen

Celtic are one game away from being crowned Scottish Premiership champions after an emphatic victory over Dundee.

Leigh Griffiths headed Celtic in front before Scott Brown made it two in a one-sided first half.

Kris Commons' penalty and a James Forrest low drive were followed by a superb long-range strike by Nir Bitton.

The win means Celtic could be champions on Saturday evening should closest challengers Aberdeen fail to beat Dundee United at Tannadice.

Should the Dons win, then Celtic can wrap the title up when they travel to Pittodrie next weekend to face Derek McInnes' men.

Dundee rarely got out of their half as Celtic endeavoured to give their Norwegian boss his first league title as soon as possible. Brown and Griffiths both sliced wide within a minute of each other in a sustained period of pressure.

It was route-one football that should have opened the scoring when Commons played a long ball to the feet of Griffiths.

His lay-off to Gary Mackay-Steven presented a shooting opportunity for the former Dundee United man, but he elected to pass to Stefan Johansen whose untidy left-foot shot was always rising.

A lot of Dundee's problems were self inflicted, with possession often squandered all too often inside their own half. Yet goalkeeper Scott Bain had got to the half-hour mark without a save to make.

Johansen tumbled to the turf inside the box after a high foot from Kevin Thomson only for referee Bobby Madden to wave play on, but the poor defending would be punished soon enough.

James Forrest drilled in a fourth goal for Celtic after coming off the bench
James Forrest drilled in a fourth goal for Celtic after coming off the bench

Emilio Izaguirre was given too much time to cross from the left hand side, picking out Griffiths who rose above Thomas Konrad and headed past Bain.

That seemed to open the floodgates and after a passing move where every Celtic player was involved at least once, Brown found space in the middle to drill the ball into the corner.

The job seemed done by half-time, and the second period started at a pace that befitted a training match.

It could have been 3-0 though when Brown knocked the ball into the net after Bain failed to deal with a high ball, but he was let off the hook when the referee ruled Commons had fouled the goalkeeper.

However, there was no sympathy moments later when Stephen McGinn bundled over Darnell Fisher in the box, and Commons scored from the penalty spot.

Substitute Forrest soon made it four when his pace was too much for the Dundee backline and he drilled a low shot from the right.

And Bitton made it five with a 25-yard strike that nestled into the top corner, a shot that goalkeeper Bain could only watch fire past him.

Kris Commons made it 3-0 from the penalty spot after goals from Scott Brown and Leigh Griffiths
Kris Commons made it 3-0 from the penalty spot after goals from Scott Brown and Leigh Griffiths
James Forrest celebrates after he made it 4-0
James Forrest celebrates after he made it 4-0
Craig Gordon raced from his goal to help Nir Bitton celebrate making it 5-0
Craig Gordon raced from his goal to help Nir Bitton celebrate making it 5-0

Line-ups

Celtic

  • 26Gordon
  • 4AmbroseSubstituted forFisherat 65'minutes
  • 22Denayer
  • 5van Dijk
  • 3IzaguirreBooked at 74mins
  • 6Bitton
  • 8Brown
  • 15Commons
  • 25JohansenSubstituted forForrestat 65'minutes
  • 16Mackay-Steven
  • 28GriffithsSubstituted forScepovicat 75'minutes

Substitutes

  • 9Guidetti
  • 10Stokes
  • 12Scepovic
  • 14Armstrong
  • 24Zaluska
  • 41Fisher
  • 49Forrest

Dundee

  • 12Bain
  • 19McGinn
  • 4Konrad
  • 5McPake
  • 3Dyer
  • 47HarrisSubstituted forColquhounat 61'minutes
  • 48McGinn
  • 11FerrySubstituted forHeffernanat 70'minutesSubstituted forClarksonat 90'minutes
  • 10Thomson
  • 20McAlister
  • 21Tankulic

Substitutes

  • 1Letheren
  • 2Irvine
  • 16Clarkson
  • 26Gadzhalov
  • 29Harkins
  • 35Colquhoun
  • 49Heffernan
Referee:
Bobby Madden
Attendance:
44,299

Match Stats

Home TeamCelticAway TeamDundee
Possession
Home64%
Away36%
Shots
Home19
Away6
Shots on Target
Home6
Away3
Corners
Home6
Away2
Fouls
Home9
Away10

Live Text

Match ends, Celtic 5, Dundee 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Celtic 5, Dundee 0.

Attempt missed. James Forrest (Celtic) right footed shot from outside the box is too high.

Substitution

Substitution, Dundee. David Clarkson replaces Paul Heffernan because of an injury.

Goal!

Goal! Celtic 5, Dundee 0. Nir Bitton (Celtic) right footed shot from outside the box to the top right corner. Assisted by Darnell Fisher.

Attempt missed. Luka Tankulic (Dundee) right footed shot from the right side of the box misses to the left.

Attempt missed. Gary Mackay-Steven (Celtic) left footed shot from outside the box is too high.

Foul by Nir Bitton (Celtic).

Calvin Colquhoun (Dundee) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Attempt missed. Emilio Izaguirre (Celtic) right footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left.

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

Goal!

Goal! Celtic 4, Dundee 0. James Forrest (Celtic) right footed shot from the right side of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Kris Commons.

Foul by Nir Bitton (Celtic).

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

Attempt saved. Thomas Konrad (Dundee) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Corner, Dundee. Conceded by Darnell Fisher.

Substitution

Substitution, Celtic. Stefan Scepovic replaces Leigh Griffiths.

Foul by Emilio Izaguirre (Celtic).

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

Booking

Emilio Izaguirre (Celtic) is shown the yellow card.

Foul by Emilio Izaguirre (Celtic).

Kevin Thomson (Dundee) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Goal!

Goal! Celtic 3, Dundee 0. Kris Commons (Celtic) converts the penalty with a left footed shot to the bottom left corner.

Penalty Celtic. Darnell Fisher draws a foul in the penalty area.

Penalty conceded by Stephen McGinn (Dundee) after a foul in the penalty area.

Substitution

Substitution, Dundee. Paul Heffernan replaces Simon Ferry.

Foul by Kris Commons (Celtic).

(Dundee) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Attempt missed. Virgil van Dijk (Celtic) right footed shot from the centre of the box is high and wide to the right.

Corner, Celtic. Conceded by James McPake.

Darnell Fisher (Celtic) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Stephen McGinn (Dundee).

Foul by Stephen McGinn (Dundee).

Substitution

Substitution, Celtic. James Forrest replaces Stefan Johansen.

Substitution

Substitution, Celtic. Darnell Fisher replaces Efe Ambrose.

Attempt blocked. Stephen McGinn (Dundee) right footed shot from more than 35 yards is blocked.

Attempt saved. Gary Mackay-Steven (Celtic) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

Substitution

Substitution, Dundee. Calvin Colquhoun replaces Alex Harris.

Attempt missed. Stefan Johansen (Celtic) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left.

Attempt missed. Virgil van Dijk (Celtic) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

goal

Scores, Results & Fixtures

Friday 1st May 2015

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As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Celtic35274478176185
2Aberdeen34235656292774
3Inverness CT331671045351055
4St Johnstone34156133132-151
5Dundee Utd33154145250249
6Dundee351111134552-744
7Hamilton34137144448-446
8Partick Thistle34118154339441
9Kilmarnock34108163650-1438
10Ross County34107174058-1837
11Motherwell3494213359-2631
12St Mirren3473242660-3424
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