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Scottish Premiership: Celtic 0-0 Dundee

Celtic had no answer to a tireless and buoyant Dundee display as the champions were booed off after seeing their Premiership lead cut to four points.

The visitors were worthy of a point and might have taken all three but Gary Harkins slashed wide late on.

The best players were all in dark blue, with Kostadin Gadzhalov also spurning a chance as he headed over from a corner.

Celtic came closest through Charlie Mulgrew, his shot brilliantly tipped away by Dundee keeper Scott Bain.

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But the hosts were booed off after a second successive draw, Aberdeen's 1-0 win at Dundee United narrowing the gap at the top.

The home support was not immediately forlorn, since optimism was evident in the cameos of Patrick Roberts and Leigh Griffiths in the opening stages.

Even if the central midfielders tended to be ponderous, flashes of intent came from Roberts, who has a low centre of gravity and drifting menace that allows him to glide past opponents, and Griffiths, who would shoot at every opportunity.

Dundee were initially subdued, as they looked to establish their organisation and apply their work rate.

It could be considered a weakened starting line-up, since Kane Hemmings, Greg Stewart and Harkins were all on the bench, and Darren O'Dea and Thomas Konrad were missing through injury. Even so, there was no inferiority complex to Paul Hartley's side.

They had moments to endure, with Griffiths driving one effort wide and sending another straight at Bain, who also had to tip over a Mulgrew free-kick from 20 yards.

Charlie Mulgrew looks frustrated after seeing an effort saved by Scott Bain
Charlie Mulgrew was twice denied by Dundee keeper Scott Bain

Dundee, well-drilled and urged on incessantly from the touchline by Hartley, refused to be unsettled.

Nick Ross, Nicky Low and Paul McGowan scurried around midfield closing down space and time, while Julien Extabeguren and Gadzhalov defended stoutly at centre-back.

Bain still had to bundle away a Rogic effort, before Extabeguren had to rush back to clear from Griffiths as the striker broke clear in the penalty area, but these were passing moments in a display that lacked a sense of authority.

Celtic striker Leigh Griffiths tries to hold off Dundee's Julen Etxabeguren
Julen Etxabeguren nipped in to deny Leigh Griffiths a 34rd goal of the season

Scott Brown and Mulgrew lacked sharpness in midfield, and the whole team looked sluggish as Craig Wighton ran from the halfway line to the edge of the area, cutting inside and out to befuddle Brown and Dedryck Boyata before firing just wide.

That memory would have been fresh in the minds of the Celtic fans as they booed their side off at half-time.

Discontent only grew as the game progressed, not least because Dundee became increasingly self-assured.

Celtic goalkeeper Craig Gordon had to move smartly to hold a Wighton show low down at his post.

In the final stages, the game became a battle of nerve, as tension and fatigue imposed themselves.

Both sides came close to scoring - Mulgrew's first-time shot on the slide brilliant pushed away by Bain and Gadzhalov inexplicably heading Stewart's corner wide from close range.

Harkins came close again before the end, but Dundee could be satisfied with their night's work and the point gained lifted them to fifth on goal difference above St Johnstone, beaten 2-1 at home by Partick Thistle.

Line-ups

Celtic

  • 1Gordon
  • 23LustigSubstituted forCommonsat 80'minutes
  • 20Boyata
  • 28SviatchenkoBooked at 86mins
  • 63Tierney
  • 8Brown
  • 21Mulgrew
  • 27Roberts
  • 18RogicSubstituted forKazim-Richardsat 61'minutes
  • 14ArmstrongSubstituted forForrestat 45'minutes
  • 9Griffiths

Substitutes

  • 4Ambrose
  • 13Kazim-Richards
  • 15Commons
  • 19Allan
  • 26Bailly
  • 42McGregor
  • 49Forrest

Dundee

  • 1Bain
  • 19McGinn
  • 16Etxabeguren
  • 26Gadzhalov
  • 3Holt
  • 30KerrBooked at 90mins
  • 8LowSubstituted forHarkinsat 70'minutes
  • 18McGowan
  • 17Ross
  • 33WightonSubstituted forStewartat 76'minutes
  • 9LoySubstituted forHemmingsat 68'minutes

Substitutes

  • 6Meggatt
  • 7Stewart
  • 12Mitchell
  • 15Hemmings
  • 22Rodríguez Pérez Reverte
  • 24Black
  • 29Harkins
Referee:
John Beaton
Attendance:
41,451

Match Stats

Home TeamCelticAway TeamDundee
Possession
Home58%
Away42%
Shots
Home11
Away7
Shots on Target
Home4
Away1
Corners
Home5
Away9
Fouls
Home10
Away11

Live Text

Match ends, Celtic 0, Dundee 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Celtic 0, Dundee 0.

Attempt missed. Gary Harkins (Dundee) right footed shot from the right side of the box misses to the right.

Kieran Tierney (Celtic) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Cameron Kerr (Dundee).

Corner, Dundee. Conceded by Charlie Mulgrew.

Booking

Cameron Kerr (Dundee) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

James Forrest (Celtic) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Cameron Kerr (Dundee).

Corner, Dundee. Conceded by Erik Sviatchenko.

Corner, Dundee. Conceded by Kieran Tierney.

Booking

Erik Sviatchenko (Celtic) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Erik Sviatchenko (Celtic).

Greg Stewart (Dundee) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Hand ball by Paul McGowan (Dundee).

Attempt missed. Kane Hemmings (Dundee) right footed shot from very close range is close, but misses to the left following a corner.

Corner, Dundee. Conceded by Kieran Tierney.

Attempt blocked. Leigh Griffiths (Celtic) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Substitution

Substitution, Celtic. Kris Commons replaces Mikael Lustig.

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

Foul by Julen Etxabeguren Leanizbarrutia (Dundee).

Hand ball by Colin Kazim-Richards (Celtic).

Corner, Celtic. Conceded by Scott Bain.

Attempt saved. Charlie Mulgrew (Celtic) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the top right corner.

Substitution

Substitution, Dundee. Greg Stewart replaces Craig Wighton.

Foul by James Forrest (Celtic).

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

Kieran Tierney (Celtic) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Cameron Kerr (Dundee).

Substitution

Substitution, Dundee. Gary Harkins replaces Nicky Low.

Substitution

Substitution, Dundee. Kane Hemmings replaces Rory Loy.

Foul by Colin Kazim-Richards (Celtic).

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

Corner, Dundee. Conceded by Kieran Tierney.

Attempt missed. Kevin Holt (Dundee) header from the centre of the box is too high.

Substitution

Substitution, Celtic. Colin Kazim-Richards replaces Tomas Rogic.

Attempt saved. Craig Wighton (Dundee) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Corner, Dundee. Conceded by Dedryck Boyata.

Attempt blocked. Kevin Holt (Dundee) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked.

Attempt blocked. Patrick Roberts (Celtic) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Celtic28196370224863
2Aberdeen28185547301759
3Hearts27148549262350
4Ross County29123144446-239
5Dundee2881284042-236
6St Johnstone28106124346-336
7Partick Thistle2697102732-534
8Inverness CT2789103439-533
9Motherwell2895143344-1132
10Hamilton2879123248-1630
11Kilmarnock2977152951-2228
12Dundee Utd2855182951-2220
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