Match ends, Dundee 0, Celtic 4.
Dundee 0-4 Celtic
Celtic swept Dundee aside to surge into the Scottish League Cup semi-finals with a resounding win.
The hosts were initially lively, but lost their way after Scott Sinclair won and converted a first-half penalty.
The second goal by James Forrest, just before half-time, established an unassailable lead.
Callum McGregor and Forrest again completed the scoring as Celtic extended their run of unbeaten domestic games to 56.
Dundee will rue Faissal El Bakhtaoui missing the chance to level the scores at 1-1 during the first half, but ultimately they could not live with Celtic's pace and attacking threat.
Celtic made six changes to their starting line-up, with defender Dedryck Boyata making his first start this season after recovering from injury.
The Belgium international played two-thirds of the game, as he continues to seek full match sharpness, and manager Brendan Rodgers can shuffle his side again for Saturday's Old Firm meeting at Ibrox.
Dundee manager Neil McCann had said his side would not go toe-to-toe with the cup holders, but they certainly kept Rodgers' side pretty quiet at the start of the match with a real dogged determination.
The Dark Blues were not afraid to pour forward in numbers either, when given the chance, and the Dutchman Randy Wolters saw an early effort deflected just wide.
But the composure and patience that had allowed Celtic to notch up 55 domestic games unbeaten was once again on show and after 24 minutes a burst of brilliance brought them the lead.
Sinclair picked up the ball on the right and danced past two players before being tripped by Jack Hendry inside the area. It was a straightforward decision for referee John Beaton, and Sinclair made it look easy from the spot as he coolly slipped the ball past goalkeeper Scott Bain.
El Bakhtaoui should have levelled shortly afterwards, though, as the home side refused to buckle. Wolters delivered an inch perfect cross from the right, but the Moroccan kicked fresh air on six yards and the chance was gone.
Sinclair continued to terrorise the home side down the right - the Englishman looking very much in the mood - but a few decent deliveries into the box went unanswered.
It was evidence that Celtic were turning the screw and the second goal never looked far away. It came just minutes before the interval.
Kieran Tierney, who looks more like a winger than a defender these days, swept a fabulous low ball into the box and Forrest stretched from eight yards to guide the ball into the net.
The visitors emerged after the interval like a side desperate to put the result beyond doubt. Leigh Griffiths was shooting on sight but the third refused to come.
The momentum was broken when Wolters received what looked like a worrying throat injury after an accidental clash with Celtic midfielder Olivier Ntcham. The medical staff from both benches rushed on but after a five-minute delay the midfielder staggered to his feet and played on.
The tempo dropped, as Celtic strolled around with the home side happy to sit off and invite them on. It looked at times that Celtic would burst into the box simply to amuse themselves and on one such occasion Forrest almost doubled his tally from close range.
The third did come and so did a fourth just before the end, and it was no more than Celtic deserved.
Dundee were caught in possession in Celtic's half and Sinclair motored away. When he looked up, he found substitute McGregor, who drilled the ball low past Bain on the angle from the left. Moments later, Forrest struck from the edge of the box to ice the cake.
The superlatives just keep coming for this Celtic side under Rodgers. Another game and another team blown away with ease. They swagger into the League Cup semi finals, looking simply unstoppable.
- 2KerrBooked at 62mins
- 3HoltBooked at 50mins
- 28SpenceBooked at 61minsSubstituted forMcGowanat 73'minutes
- 23WoltersBooked at 21minsSubstituted forDeaconat 64'minutes
- 20El Bakhtaoui
- 20BoyataSubstituted forRalstonat 67'minutes
- 21NtchamBooked at 40mins
- 27RobertsSubstituted forMcGregorat 73'minutesBooked at 90mins
- 9GriffithsSubstituted forEdouardat 85'minutes
- 24de Vries
- John Beaton
- Shots on Target
Second Half ends, Dundee 0, Celtic 4.
Callum McGregor (Celtic) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.
Paul McGowan (Dundee) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Foul by Callum McGregor (Celtic).
Roarie Deacon (Dundee) wins a free kick on the right wing.
Foul by Scott Brown (Celtic).
Goal! Dundee 0, Celtic 4. James Forrest (Celtic) right footed shot from outside the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Odsonne Edouard.
Goal! Dundee 0, Celtic 3. Callum McGregor (Celtic) left footed shot from the left side of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Scott Sinclair.
Jack Hendry (Dundee) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Foul by Scott Sinclair (Celtic).
Substitution, Celtic. Odsonne Edouard replaces Leigh Griffiths.
Kevin Holt (Dundee) wins a free kick on the left wing.
Foul by Scott Brown (Celtic).
Attempt missed. Leigh Griffiths (Celtic) right footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the left.
Attempt missed. Leigh Griffiths (Celtic) left footed shot from outside the box is too high from a direct free kick.
Foul by Darren O'Dea (Dundee).
Anthony Ralston (Celtic) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Attempt saved. Leigh Griffiths (Celtic) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.
Attempt blocked. Callum McGregor (Celtic) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.
Substitution, Dundee. Paul McGowan replaces Lewis Spence.
Substitution, Celtic. Callum McGregor replaces Patrick Roberts.
Attempt missed. Kieran Tierney (Celtic) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left.
Cammy Kerr (Dundee) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Olivier Ntcham (Celtic).
Substitution, Celtic. Anthony Ralston replaces Dedryck Boyata.
Foul by Glen Kamara (Dundee).
Scott Sinclair (Celtic) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Substitution, Dundee. Roarie Deacon replaces Randy Wolters.
Cammy Kerr (Dundee) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.
Foul by Cammy Kerr (Dundee).
Kieran Tierney (Celtic) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Lewis Spence (Dundee) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.
Foul by Lewis Spence (Dundee).
Patrick Roberts (Celtic) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Delay over. They are ready to continue.
Delay in match Randy Wolters (Dundee) because of an injury.
A-Jay Leitch-Smith (Dundee) wins a free kick on the left wing.
Foul by Dedryck Boyata (Celtic).
Attempt missed. Leigh Griffiths (Celtic) left footed shot from more than 35 yards misses to the right from a direct free kick.