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Summary

  1. Celtic need one more win to secure title
  2. Gomis deflected Simunovic shot into net
  3. Armstrong headed home Forrest cross
  4. El Bakhtaoui stunner halved Dundee deficit
  5. Dundee lose third match in succession

Live Reporting

By Clive Lindsay

All times stated are UK

Goodbye and now for Scotland v Canada

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Join us then as we provide more live coverage.

Will Celtic's Stuart Armstrong follow today's crucial second goal for Celtic with his first cap for Scotland?

Celtic's James Forrest and Stuart Armstrong celebrate
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Stuart Armstrong (right) scored Celtic's second goal against Dundee

Watch the highlights

You can watch Celtic's victory - and that contender for goal of the season from Faissal El Bakhtaoui - on Sportscene on BBC Two Scotland at 18:00 GMT.

The relationship between Hearts head coach Ian Cathro and director of football Craig Levein will be a hot topic for pundits Steven Thompson and Michael Stewart.

Highlights of yesterday's Premiership games will be on the website then too, with the Dundee v Celtic highlights to follow at midnight.

Hearts head coach Ian Cathro and assistant Austin MacPhee
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Ian Cathro and assistant Austin MacPhee suffered defeat with Hearts to Aberdeen

So close but so far for Dee

That's the third time this season that Dundee have lost out to Celtic by a single goal this season.

But, despite the close call, Celtic march on relentlessly and are now undefeated in 36 domestic games this season.

The gap between themselves and Aberdeen is now back to 25 points with nine games remaining and they could clinch the title in their next Premiership game against Hearts at Tynecastle on Sunday 2 April.

Celtic could be crowned champions if the Dons fail to secure at least a point against Dundee two days earlier.

'Mixture of good and ugly from Celtic'

You can now read Chris McLaughlin's impressions of the game at Dens Park.

Jose Simunovic celebrates his goal for Celtic

Dundee 1-2 Celtic

Goals from Jozo Simunovic and Stuart Armstrong move Celtic to within three points of a sixth straight Premiership title.

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'We were excellent' - Hartley

FT: Dundee 1-2 Celtic

Dundee manager Paul Hartley on BBC Radio Scotland: "I felt, especially the second half, we were excellent.

"They never really cut us open and it was a bit of sucker punch with the opening goal.

"We conceded a poor second goal and we go 4-4-2 and had a few chances.

"The players never gave in and kept going.

"El Bakhtaoui scored a lot of goals for Dunfermline, but he has jumped two leagues and we knew it was never going to be easy for him, but he does have that in his locker - it is just consistency he needs."

Faissal El Bakhtaoui celebrates his goal for Dundee
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Faissal El Bakhtaoui scored a superb goal for Dundee

'Players did magnificently' - Rodgers

FT: Dundee 1-2 Celtic

Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers on BBC Radio Scotland: "We've seen Dundee of late and they have picked up of late.

"They make things very difficult and we knew it would be a tough game.

"But we deserved the win and made it tougher at the end than it should have been.

"We had chances to make it more comfortable and we gave away a poor goal fromm our position, although it was a great finish.

"They put in some high balls into our box at the end, but the players did magnificently to defend that."

Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers
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Worry for Dundee

FT: Dundee 1-2 Celtic

That defeat, of course, means Dundee are still left looking behind them.

They are only six points ahead Hamilton Academical, who slipped to the bottom of the Premiership table after Inverness Caledonian Thistle picked up a point in the Highland derby against Ross County.

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Sean McNeill : Nice to watch Dundee actually play football rather than sitting 10 behind the ball. Cracking goal for the Dees as well  

Paul McFadden : Tough game! Nobody in Scotland are good enough to beat us.

Stephen Hall : Dundee are a decent team now. Gave Celtic a real battle  

Armstrong to face Canada?

FT: Dundee 1-2 Celtic

I would be amazed if Stuart Armstrong does not start against Canada. If he does not play for Scotland now considering how he is playing, when will he play?

Jim DuffyBBC Radio Scotland pundit

          Stuart Armstrong celebrates with Celtic team-mate Moussa Dembele
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FT: Dundee 1-2 Celtic

Willie Miller

Former Scotland defender on BBC Sportsound

Dundee's plan A didn't work, but the manager has made the changes and you have to give Paul Hartley credit

Faissal El Bakhtaoui scores for Dundee against Dundee
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Faissal El Bakhtaoui pulled Dundee back into the game with an excellent strike

FT: Dundee 1-2 Celtic

Paul Hartley will be delighted with the response of his team after going 2-0 down, but their lack of consistency has been a problem this season

Jim DuffyBBC Radio Scotland pundit

Focus returns to Dens Park

FT: Dundee 1-2 Celtic

Having lost today, Dundee can have another say in the destiny of the title in their next match, at home to Aberdeen on Friday 31 March.

Should they beat the Dons, Celtic will be confirmed as champions.

FULL-TIME Dundee 1-2 Celtic

Faissal El Bakhtaoui's superb strike ensured an exciting finish at Dens Park, but Celtic move to within another win of securing a sixth straight Scottish league title after picking up the three points.

Dundee remain in eighth, two points behind Kilmarnock, after a third straight defeat.


          James Forrest and Stuart Armstrong celebrate Celtic's second goal
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James Forrest and Stuart Armstrong combined for Celtic's second goal

YELLOW CARD

Dundee 1-2 Celtic

Doubly painful moment for Dundee defender Kevin Holt as he picks up a leg injury - and a booking - for a clumsy challenge on Patrick Roberts.

Dundee 1-2 Celtic

We are into stoppage time and the flow of play continues to be down the hill towards the Celtic goal as we enter four added minutes.

Dundee 1-2 Celtic

Dundee haven't capitulated and put the tools away. Paul Hartley certainly had a plan B and it has worked very well

Jim DuffyBBC Radio Scotland pundit

YELLOW CARD

Dundee 1-2 Celtic

Celtic striker Moussa Dembele is booked for kicking the ball away. An indication of the pressure being exerted by Dundee as the Frenchman looks to waste time.

Dundee 1-2 Celtic

Stuart Armstrong rises to head Celtic into a 2-0 lead
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Celtic looked to be easing to victory when Stuart Armstrong rose to make it 2-0

Dundee 1-2 Celtic

After scoring a host of goals for Dunfermline Athletic in League One, Faissal El Bakhtaoui has found it difficult making the step up to the to flight with Dunbee.

That is only his third goal in 24 appearances since his summer move, but what a strike that was.

Dundee 1-2 Celtic

Erik Sviatchenko replaces winger Scott Sinclair as Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers switches to three at the back as Dundee continue to press.

Dundee 1-2 Celtic

Marcus Haber has a great chance to equalise, but the striker heads well wide when head meets cross at the back post.

'Wonder strike' gives Dundee 'hope from nowhere'

Dundee 1-2 Celtic

Willie Miller

Former Scotland defender on BBC Sportsound

"That is an incredible strike from El Baktaoui. He has made such an impression with a wonder strike. It is difficult when the ball is in front of you to get that much power, but he has given Dundee some hope from nowhere."  

Dundee 1-2 Celtic

Faissal El Bakhtaoui is full of confidence, but this time his long-range effort is several yards over the Celtic crossbar, but the game is back in the balance.

GOAL Dundee 1-2 Celtic

Faissal El Bakhtaoui

Faissal El Bakhtaoui has only been on the park a couple of minutes and the striker powers past Dedryck Boyata and plants a superb 25-yard drive into the top corner.

Dundee 0-2 Celtic

Chris McLaughlin

BBC Sport Scotland at Dens Park

Celtic's two goals have certainly helped stretch this game as Dundee push out in search of a way back in. Haber really should have given them a lifeline but screwed his shot wide. Paul Hartley is tinkering with his formation but it does have a game over feeling already

Dundee 0-2 Celtic

Another attacking change for Dundee as striker Faissal El Bakhtaoui comes on for Henrik Ojamaa.

YELLOW CARD

Dundee 0-2 Celtic

Celtic midfielder Emoue Kouassi's first impact on the game is to earn a booking for hauling down Cammy Kerr.

Dundee 0-2 Celtic

As Dundee defender Darren O'Dea receives treatment after a challenge with Moussa Dembele, Celtic make a change with Patrick Roberts coming on for James Forrest on the wing.

'Blatant dive from Dembele'

Dundee 0-2 Celtic

Willie Miller

Former Scotland defender on BBC Sportsound

"I thought that was a blatant dive from Dembele. There was no contact. He has tried to take advantage of the referee there, but the ref doesn't buy it."

Dundee 0-2 Celtic

Callum McGregor has fallen out of the game for Celtic and the midfielder is replaced with January signing Eboue Kouassi.

Dundee also make a positive midfield change, with Nick Ross on for the more defensive Tom Hateley.

That came after a muted penalty appeal for the visitors, but Moussa Dembele appeared to stand on the ball.

Dundee 0-2 Celtic

Cammy Kerr caps his excellent game with a fine run and cross, but Paul McGowan can't make proper contact in front of goal.

The game is flowing from end-to-end and Kevin Gomis makes a superb intervention to prevent Scott Sinclair setting up Moussa Dembele in Dundee's six-yard box.

Dundee 0-2 Celtic

It's not been a good couple of minutes for Kieran Tierney as the left-back bursts behind the Dundee defence, but a combination of hesitation and poor control and the scoring chance is lost yards from goal.

YELLOW CARD

Dundee 0-2 Celtic

Suddenly Celtic are looking a bit ragged and captain Scott Brown goes into the referee's book for a late tackle on Paul McGowan.

CLOSE!

Dundee 0-2 Celtic

Kieran Tierney blots his copybook as the normally excellent left-back plays a loose pass that is gathered by Paul McGowan.

The midfielder sets up Marcus Haber in front of the Celtic goal, but the striker curls his drive just wide of the post.

Dundee 0-2 Celtic

Dundee manager Paul Hartley makes an attacking change, with James Vincent, who has been fairly anonymous in midfield, being hauled off and being replaced with striker Craig Wighton.

The home side move to 4-4-2, with Wighton joining Marcus Haber up front.

Does it go to Jozo?

Dundee 0-2 Celtic

It is still being debated about whether Celtic's first goal should be credited to Jozo Simunovic, who had the shot, or defender Kevin Gomis, whose back helped it into the net.

If it is given to the Celtic defender, it will be Croat's first goal of the season.

Jozo Simunovic (right) celebrates Celtic's first goal
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Jozo Simunovic (right) celebrated his role in Celtic's first goal

Dundee 0-2 Celtic

Willie Miller

Former Scotland defender on BBC Sportsound

Dundee's hope would have been to stay in the game for longer than that and sneak something late on. It is really difficult to see how they can now get back into this game

GOAL Dundee 0-2 Celtic

Stuart Armstrong

Stuart Armstrong celebrates his call-up to the Scotland squad with a fine front-post header to extend the lead after James Forrest ghosts past Kevin Holt on the Celtic right and delivers a fine cross.

You can't see Dundee coming back from this now.