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Dundee 0-0 Celtic

Nick Ross and Paul McGowan clash
Dundee and Celtic contested a tempestuous, entertaining clash

Dundee held Celtic to a goalless draw in a tumultuous Dens Park clash, with the league leaders moving five points clear of second-placed Aberdeen.

Both teams struck the woodwork, with Stefan Johansen and Rory Loy hitting the same post either side of half-time.

The visitors had two second-half headers cleared off the line, while Scott Bain denied Leigh Griffiths twice amid a fine defensive display.

Dundee remain sixth in the table, level with Partick Thistle who sit seventh.

This was only the second time in 23 matches that the defending champions had failed to score in a game and Dundee can take pride from the fact both were against them.

Dundee successfully frustrated them in a 0-0 draw at Celtic Park last month and the tactics Paul Hartley employed that night certainly did a similar job in the first half here.

Griffiths was largely isolated up front as the home defence starved the Premiership's top scorer of supply from wingers Partick Roberts and Gary Mackay-Steven.

Roberts did trick his way into space on seven minutes but blazed his shot over the bar while Scott Bain got out quickly to block from Griffiths when he did break free.

At the other end Celtic's main moments of anxiety once again came when defending set pieces and Nick Ross nearly capitalised only for Craig Gordon to parry his shot.

The goalkeeper needed Dedryck Boyata to tidy things up on that occasion but the Scotland international made a clean save to prevent Loy converting a Kane Hemmings flick-on.

Celtic did start to exert a more sustained period of pressure on Dundee goal near the interval but Gary Mackay-Steven slashed a chance well wide of the target.

Then two minutes from the interval Johansen's shot took a wicked deflection as it looped its way beyond Bain but the ball bounced to safety off the keeper's left hand post.

Celtic enjoyed Barcelona levels of possession in that first half but the statistics show they actually had fewer shots on target than the home side during the first 45 minutes.

Craig Wighton replaced Dundee's top scorer Hemmings at the interval and the winger, who tormented Celtic in last month's draw, nearly scored with his first run. It took a crucial save by Gordon to deny the youngster.

The change certainly didn't have a negative effect on Dundee and they were only the width of the post away from taking the lead on 57 minutes as they pinned Celtic back for a spell.

Paul McGowan once again brought out the best in Gordon with a shot from 20 yards and Loy could only turn the loose ball against the frame of the goal from close range.

That sparked a positive response from Deila's side and successive corners from Roberts around the hour mark saw first Mikael Lustig then substitute Charlie Mulgrew see headers cleared off the line.

It was end-to-end stuff in a frantic finale as both sides chased a win but Dundee denied Celtic a clear-cut chance while always looking a threat on the counterattack.

Line-ups

Dundee

  • 1Bain
  • 4Konrad
  • 16Etxabeguren
  • 21O'Dea
  • 30Kerr
  • 18McGowan
  • 7Stewart
  • 17Ross
  • 3HoltBooked at 85mins
  • 15HemmingsSubstituted forWightonat 45'minutes
  • 9LoySubstituted forHarkinsat 62'minutes

Substitutes

  • 6Meggatt
  • 12Mitchell
  • 22Rodríguez Pérez Reverte
  • 27Curran
  • 29Harkins
  • 33Wighton
  • 51Waddell

Celtic

  • 1Gordon
  • 23LustigSubstituted forKazim-Richardsat 64'minutes
  • 20Boyata
  • 28SviatchenkoSubstituted forMulgrewat 60'minutes
  • 63Tierney
  • 8Brown
  • 25JohansenBooked at 72mins
  • 27Roberts
  • 6Bitton
  • 16Mackay-StevenSubstituted forArmstrongat 88'minutes
  • 9Griffiths

Substitutes

  • 13Kazim-Richards
  • 14Armstrong
  • 15Commons
  • 21Mulgrew
  • 38Fasan
  • 42McGregor
  • 49Forrest
Referee:
Kevin Clancy
Attendance:
9,566

Match Stats

Home TeamDundeeAway TeamCeltic
Possession
Home39%
Away61%
Shots
Home9
Away16
Shots on Target
Home5
Away4
Corners
Home5
Away10
Fouls
Home9
Away10

Live Text

Match ends, Dundee 0, Celtic 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Dundee 0, Celtic 0.

Corner, Dundee. Conceded by Charlie Mulgrew.

Substitution

Substitution, Celtic. Stuart Armstrong replaces Gary Mackay-Steven.

Foul by Nir Bitton (Celtic).

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

Corner, Celtic. Conceded by Kevin Holt.

Attempt missed. Nir Bitton (Celtic) right footed shot from the centre of the box is too high.

Booking

Kevin Holt (Dundee) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Kevin Holt (Dundee).

Patrick Roberts (Celtic) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Corner, Dundee. Conceded by Kieran Tierney.

Foul by Greg Stewart (Dundee).

Patrick Roberts (Celtic) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Corner, Celtic. Conceded by Julen Etxabeguren Leanizbarrutia.

Foul by Gary Mackay-Steven (Celtic).

Thomas Konrad (Dundee) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt missed. Scott Brown (Celtic) right footed shot from the centre of the box is just a bit too high.

Attempt missed. Colin Kazim-Richards (Celtic) header from the centre of the box misses to the right.

Foul by Paul McGowan (Dundee).

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

Booking

Stefan Johansen (Celtic) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

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

Foul by Stefan Johansen (Celtic).

Attempt blocked. Leigh Griffiths (Celtic) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

Attempt saved. Nir Bitton (Celtic) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

Attempt blocked. Greg Stewart (Dundee) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

Greg Stewart (Dundee) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Stefan Johansen (Celtic).

Attempt saved. Greg Stewart (Dundee) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Substitution

Substitution, Celtic. Colin Kazim-Richards replaces Mikael Lustig.

Corner, Celtic. Conceded by Cameron Kerr.

Corner, Celtic. Conceded by Paul McGowan.

Substitution

Substitution, Dundee. Gary Harkins replaces Rory Loy because of an injury.

Corner, Celtic. Conceded by Paul McGowan.

Substitution

Substitution, Celtic. Charlie Mulgrew replaces Erik Sviatchenko because of an injury.

Attempt missed. Greg Stewart (Dundee) right footed shot from the right side of the six yard box misses to the right.

Attempt saved. Paul McGowan (Dundee) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

Foul by Erik Sviatchenko (Celtic).

Rory Loy (Dundee) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Celtic32227376245273
2Aberdeen32215655342168
3Hearts31168752322056
4Motherwell32135144047-744
5St Johnstone32127134848043
6Dundee3291494747041
7Partick Thistle32118133238-641
8Ross County32124164755-840
9Inverness CT3199133843-536
10Hamilton3289153454-2033
11Kilmarnock3278173054-2429
12Dundee Utd3266203356-2324
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