Scottish Premiership

Dundee 1-2 Celtic

By Andrew SouthwickBBC Scotland
  • Gary Mackay-Steven gives Celtic first-half lead
  • Virgil van Dijk free-kick doubles advantage
  • Jim McAlister scored late on for hosts
  • Celtic move eight points clear at top of Premiership

Celtic took a step closer to clinching the Scottish Premiership title with a comfortable win over Dundee.

Gary Mackay-Steven put Celtic in front when he was allowed to breeze through the defence and Virgil van Dijk doubled the lead with a powerful free-kick.

Ronny Deila's men were given a fright late on at Dens Park when they switched off and allowed Jim McAlister to finish low into the net.

But they held on to move eight points clear of Aberdeen in the title race.

The final score made the game look closer than it was, even if Celtic lacked the spark and energy that has become commonplace under Delia.

Mackay-Steven and former Dundee United team-mate Stuart Armstrong were both restored to the side after being ineligible for the Scottish Cup semi-final defeat by Inverness and, in the early stages, they looked the more likely to create something for the visitors.

Two Armstrong corners caused problems, goalkeeper Scott Bain punching the first into the path of Mackay-Steven, whose shot was not far away, before Van Dijk got a decent connection on the second delivery.

In a first half dominated by mistakes, Bain almost gifted Celtic the opening goal when he flapped at a cross.

Virgil van Dijk doubled Celtic's lead with a free-kick
Virgil van Dijk doubled Celtic's lead with a free-kick

Then, as Dundee tried to clear, James Forrest tumbled under Willie Dyer's challenge, but referee Calum Murray waved away the penalty claims.

Dundee's resistance was finally broken when Mackay-Steven took Van Dijk's knockdown on the run and coolly slotted the ball past Bain.

The game fell into a little bit of a lull after that, with Jason Denayer, Nir Bitton and Leigh Griffiths all sending long-range efforts over the bar.

Forrest should have made it 2-0 when Bitton picked him out in the box, but he turned and fired straight at the goalkeeper, then Bitton himself fizzed a shot past.

Bain denied Griffiths from close range, but the goalkeeper could do nothing to stop Van Dijk's free-kick, the Dutchman sending an effort high into the net.

Dundee, having already achieved a top-six spot, were well below their best, but they rallied late on.

Luka Tankulic had a close-range effort deflected over before McAlister drove a low shot into the net after good work from Paul McGinn.



Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 12Bain
  • 19McGinn
  • 4Konrad
  • 5McPakeBooked at 63mins
  • 3Dyer
  • 11FerryBooked at 50minsSubstituted forDavidsonat 69'minutes
  • 20McAlister
  • 47HarrisSubstituted forTankulicat 59'minutes
  • 48McGinn
  • 15Stewart
  • 49Heffernan


  • 1Letheren
  • 6Davidson
  • 16Clarkson
  • 21Tankulic
  • 24Black
  • 33Wighton
  • 35Colquhoun


Formation 4-4-1-1

  • 26Gordon
  • 4Ambrose
  • 5van Dijk
  • 22Denayer
  • 3IzaguirreSubstituted forTierneyat 81'minutes
  • 6Bitton
  • 8Brown
  • 49ForrestSubstituted forCommonsat 76'minutes
  • 14S Armstrong
  • 16Mackay-Steven
  • 28GriffithsSubstituted forGuidettiat 76'minutes


  • 9Guidetti
  • 10Stokes
  • 12Scepovic
  • 15Commons
  • 24Zaluska
  • 41Fisher
  • 63Tierney
Calum Murray

Match Stats

Home TeamDundeeAway TeamCeltic
Shots on Target

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Dundee 1, Celtic 2.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Dundee 1, Celtic 2.

  3. Post update

    Foul by Stuart Armstrong (Celtic).

  4. Post update

    Paul McGinn (Dundee) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  5. Post update

    Attempt saved. Virgil van Dijk (Celtic) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

  6. Post update

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

  7. Post update

    Foul by Iain Davidson (Dundee).

  8. Post update

    Foul by Scott Brown (Celtic).

  9. Post update

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

  10. Post update

    Attempt missed. Gary Mackay-Steven (Celtic) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

  11. Post update

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

  12. Post update

    Foul by Willie Dyer (Dundee).

  13. Goal!

    Goal! Dundee 1, Celtic 2. Jim McAlister (Dundee) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Paul McGinn.

  14. Post update

    Kris Commons (Celtic) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  15. Post update

    Foul by Willie Dyer (Dundee).

  16. Post update

    Corner, Celtic. Conceded by Paul McGinn.

  17. Post update

    Corner, Dundee. Conceded by Efe Ambrose.

  18. Post update

    Attempt missed. Luka Tankulic (Dundee) right footed shot from the centre of the box is just a bit too high.

  19. Post update

    Foul by Jason Denayer (Celtic).

  20. Post update

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

Scores, Results & Fixtures

Wednesday 22nd April 2015

As It Stood

3Inverness CT32167944331155
4Dundee Utd32154135247549
5St Johnstone33146132932-348
8Partick Thistle33108154138338
10Ross County33107163956-1737
12St Mirren3363242259-3721
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