Scottish Cup - Fifth Round
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By Roddie McVakeBBC Scotland

Leigh Griffiths and Stefan Johansen were on target as Celtic cruised into the quarter-finals of the Scottish Cup.

Griffiths glanced home an early header and the visitors had several chances to add to their lead before the interval.

They took their first of the second half though, when Johansen netted from close range after Griffiths' header had been saved by keeper Scott Bain.

Dundee offered little in attack but Bain produced some excellent saves to keep the score down.

The hosts sealed their spot in the fifth round thanks to a 2-1 home win over Aberdeen and went into Saturday's match on a six-game unbeaten run.

Celtic hammered 4-0 at Tynecastle to set up their trip to Dens Park, and went into the game having won their last five.

Leigh Griffiths has an effort saved
Griffiths was in great form for Celtic but keeper Scott Bain made several saves from the striker

With Luka Tankulic, Craig Wighton and Greg Stewart in the Dee starting line-up, manager Paul Hartley stuck to his pre-match vow to attack the Scottish Champions.

It was the visitors who looked the more threatening though and they hit the front through former Dundee man Griffiths.

Right-back Mikael Lustig provided the perfect cross from the right and Griffiths nipped in between centre-backs James McPake and Kostadin Gadzhalov to nod past Bain into the corner.

McPake made a superb challenge to stop Johansen before Scott Brown and James Forrest had sights of goal, but neither found the target.

Johansen then played in Forrest but the winger's effort was well saved by Bain and McPake knocked the ball to safety with two Celtic players waiting to pounce.

Dundee, who saw top scorer Greg Stewart go off injured, had their first shot on goal through defender Gadzhalov, but his well-taken volley drifted wide.

After excellent link-up play from Lustig and Commons on the right, Griffiths produced a glorious first touch to dink the ball over a defender's leg and create a chance, only to see his volley blocked by Bain.

Celtic had chances to add to their lead through Johansen and Griffiths but Bain beat away the former's effort and the latter could not keep his volley down, while visiting keeper Craig Gordon made a stop to keep out Paul McGowan's deflected effort.

Stuart Armstrong and Gary Mackay-Steven
Celtic's new signings Stuart Armstrong and Gary Mackay-Steven watched on from the stands

The second goal arrived straight after the break. Lustig again found Griffiths in the area and after his header was parried by Bain, Johansen was there to knock the ball into the net.

Commons had gone off at the break with a hamstring problem and he was joined in the dressing room by Lustig after he picked up a knock.

As the hosts struggled to contain Ronny Deila's side, keeper Bain touched a Johansen cross on to his own post.

Dee did come into the game more as an attacking force but could not create clear-cut chances and the visitors always looked the more likely, with Griffiths a constant threat.

Celtic's display merited more goals but they had to settle for two, while Hartley will know his side failed to play to their potential.

Line-ups

Dundee

  • 12Bain
  • 2Irvine
  • 26Gadzhalov
  • 5McPake
  • 3DyerBooked at 57mins
  • 15StewartSubstituted forMcGinnat 36'minutes
  • 18McGowan
  • 20McAlister
  • 48McGinn
  • 21TankulicSubstituted forBlackat 90'minutes
  • 33WightonSubstituted forClarksonat 58'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Letheren
  • 4Konrad
  • 8McBride
  • 16Clarkson
  • 19McGinn
  • 24Black
  • 34Allan

Celtic

  • 26Gordon
  • 23LustigSubstituted forMatthewsat 55'minutes
  • 5van Dijk
  • 22Denayer
  • 3Izaguirre
  • 49ForrestSubstituted forGuidettiat 74'minutes
  • 8Brown
  • 6Bitton
  • 15CommonsSubstituted forStokesat 45'minutesBooked at 56mins
  • 25Johansen
  • 28Griffiths

Substitutes

  • 2Matthews
  • 4Ambrose
  • 9Guidetti
  • 10Stokes
  • 24Zaluska
  • 42McGregor
  • 53Henderson
Referee:
John Beaton
Attendance:
7,525

Match Stats

Home TeamDundeeAway TeamCeltic
Possession
Home37%
Away63%
Shots
Home5
Away19
Shots on Target
Home2
Away7
Corners
Home3
Away2
Fouls
Home4
Away16

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Dundee 0, Celtic 2.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Dundee 0, Celtic 2.

  3. Substitution

    Substitution, Dundee. Andrew Black replaces Luka Tankulic because of an injury.

  4. Post update

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

  5. Post update

    Foul by John Guidetti (Celtic).

  6. Post update

    Foul by Luka Tankulic (Dundee).

  7. Post update

    Scott Brown (Celtic) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  8. Post update

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

  9. Post update

    Foul by Scott Brown (Celtic).

  10. Post update

    Kostadin Gadzhalov (Dundee) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  11. Post update

    Foul by John Guidetti (Celtic).

  12. Post update

    Foul by David Clarkson (Dundee).

  13. Post update

    Anthony Stokes (Celtic) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  14. Post update

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

  15. Post update

    Foul by Stefan Johansen (Celtic).

  16. Post update

    Foul by Paul McGowan (Dundee).

  17. Post update

    Stefan Johansen (Celtic) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  18. Post update

    Attempt missed. Leigh Griffiths (Celtic) left footed shot from the left side of the box is close, but misses to the left.

  19. Substitution

    Substitution, Celtic. John Guidetti replaces James Forrest.

  20. Post update

    Attempt missed. Anthony Stokes (Celtic) right footed shot from the centre of the box is high and wide to the right.