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Scottish Premiership: Celtic 0-0 Dundee

By Richard WilsonBBC Scotland at Celtic Park

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

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Celtic 0, Dundee 0.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Celtic 0, Dundee 0.

  3. Post update

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

  4. Post update

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

  5. Post update

    Foul by Cameron Kerr (Dundee).

  6. Post update

    Corner, Dundee. Conceded by Charlie Mulgrew.

  7. Booking

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

  8. Post update

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

  9. Post update

    Foul by Cameron Kerr (Dundee).

  10. Post update

    Corner, Dundee. Conceded by Erik Sviatchenko.

  11. Post update

    Corner, Dundee. Conceded by Kieran Tierney.

  12. Booking

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

  13. Post update

    Foul by Erik Sviatchenko (Celtic).

  14. Post update

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

  15. Post update

    Hand ball by Paul McGowan (Dundee).

  16. Post update

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

  17. Post update

    Corner, Dundee. Conceded by Kieran Tierney.

  18. Post update

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

  19. Substitution

    Substitution, Celtic. Kris Commons replaces Mikael Lustig.

  20. Post update

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

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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