Scottish Premiership
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Celtic 2-1 Dundee

By Alasdair LamontBBC Scotland at Celtic Park
  • Celtic claim fifth straight league win
  • Stokes and Guidetti keep Ronny Deila's side top
  • Clarkson replied for Dundee
  • Celtic lead Premiership on goal difference

Celtic recorded a fifth successive Scottish Premiership win but were made to work hard for the points by Dundee.

Anthony Stokes headed the hosts in front before the break and John Guidetti continued his fine scoring form in the second half.

But Dundee pulled a goal back through David Clarkson, who scored for a seventh consecutive game.

It gave the visitors hope but leaders Celtic saw the game out.

The result keeps them ahead of nearest challengers Inverness Caledonian Thistle on goal difference.

It was far from convincing from Ronny Deila's men, though much of that was due to Dundee's desire to take the game to the home side.

Nonetheless, Celtic ground out the win and go into Thursday's match against Salzburg knowing another victory will guarantee them Europa League football beyond Christmas.

Celtic striker Anthony Stokes scores against Dundee
Stokes nodded Celtic into the lead

James Forrest had looked Celtic's liveliest player and when his strength and persistence coaxed Kevin Thomson into a foul by the corner flag, the opening goal followed.

Kris Commons drove in the free-kick and Stokes powered in at the near post to nod past Scott Bain from close range.

That was harsh on the excellent Bain and his Dundee team-mates, who had been the more enterprising side until that point.

With Gary Harkins pulling the strings, the visitors created numerous opportunities, with Virgil van Dijk heading a Clarkson chip off the line in the opening minutes and both Greg Stewart and Thomas Konrad missing the target when they should have scored.

Celtic had threatened on occasion, with Bain blocking bravely from Guidetti and Forrest just failing to end a jinking run with a finish to match.

But it was the winger who again played a pivotal role in Celtic extending their lead. He released Adam Matthews down the right and, after the full-back lifted his head to pick out Guidetti, the rest was a formality.

Dundee thought they had found an immediate response when James McPake glanced a header past Craig Gordon, only to be flagged offside, but moments later they did reduce the deficit.

The impressive Stewart tried to carve out an opening and when the ball eventually fell to Clarkson, the striker buried the ball past Gordon with the aid of a deflection.

But though that set up the prospect of a nervy finish for the home side, Dundee could not muster any more chances, meaning Celtic's winning run continues.

David Clarkson scores for Dundee against Celtic
Clarkson scored for the seventh consecutive game but it proved only to be consolation

Line-ups

Celtic

  • 26Gordon
  • 2Matthews
  • 22DenayerSubstituted forAmbroseat 45'minutes
  • 5van DijkBooked at 27mins
  • 3Izaguirre
  • 21Mulgrew
  • 25Johansen
  • 49ForrestSubstituted forMcGregorat 78'minutes
  • 15CommonsSubstituted forKayalat 59'minutesBooked at 90mins
  • 10Stokes
  • 9Guidetti

Substitutes

  • 4Ambrose
  • 6Bitton
  • 12Scepovic
  • 16Berget
  • 24Zaluska
  • 33Kayal
  • 42McGregor

Dundee

  • 12Bain
  • 19McGinn
  • 4Konrad
  • 5McPake
  • 2Irvine
  • 20McAlister
  • 10ThomsonSubstituted forFerryat 73'minutes
  • 18McGowanBooked at 74mins
  • 29HarkinsSubstituted forTankulicat 81'minutes
  • 15StewartSubstituted forBoyleat 69'minutes
  • 16Clarkson

Substitutes

  • 3Dyer
  • 8McBride
  • 11Ferry
  • 14Roberts
  • 21Tankulic
  • 23Boyle
  • 25Schenk
Referee:
Kevin Clancy
Attendance:
43,787

Match Stats

Home TeamCelticAway TeamDundee
Possession
Home53%
Away47%
Shots
Home14
Away10
Shots on Target
Home6
Away4
Corners
Home5
Away5
Fouls
Home12
Away12

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Celtic 2, Dundee 1.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Celtic 2, Dundee 1.

  3. Booking

    Beram Kayal (Celtic) is shown the yellow card.

  4. Post update

    Foul by Beram Kayal (Celtic).

  5. Post update

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

  6. Post update

    Attempt saved. Emilio Izaguirre (Celtic) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

  7. Post update

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

  8. Post update

    Foul by Paul McGowan (Dundee).

  9. Post update

    Attempt missed. John Guidetti (Celtic) header from the right side of the box is high and wide to the left.

  10. Post update

    Foul by Beram Kayal (Celtic).

  11. Post update

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

  12. Substitution

    Substitution, Dundee. Luka Tankulic replaces Gary Harkins.

  13. Post update

    Attempt saved. Callum McGregor (Celtic) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

  14. Post update

    Beram Kayal (Celtic) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  15. Post update

    Foul by David Clarkson (Dundee).

  16. Substitution

    Substitution, Celtic. Callum McGregor replaces James Forrest.

  17. Post update

    Corner, Celtic. Conceded by Paul McGinn.

  18. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Anthony Stokes (Celtic) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked.

  19. Post update

    Attempt missed. John Guidetti (Celtic) right footed shot from a difficult angle on the right is high and wide to the right.

  20. Booking

    Paul McGowan (Dundee) is shown the yellow card.