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Celtic 0-0 Dundee

By Chick YoungBBC Scotland at Celtic Park

Struggling Dundee held Scottish champions Celtic to a goalless Premiership draw in Glasgow.

Dedryck Boyata almost scored a 45th-minute own goal when he tackled Roarie Deacon, the ball striking the post.

Dundee's Simon Murray and home winger James Forrest also came close.

Odsonne Edouard and ex-Dees man Jack Hendry threatened after the break, but Celtic could not find a goal, the point extending their lead at the top-flight summit to 10 points.

The draw boosts Dundee's hopes of beating the drop, moving them level on points with ninth-placed Hamilton Academical, and five clear of Ross County in the relegation play-off spot.

It was a dogged, organised performance from Neil McCann's visitors but they merited their share of the spoils.

Steven Caulker, the subject of unsuccessful club-record bids from Rosenborg which McCann expects to be topped in the summer, was part of a defence taking heavy fire from the off.

The Dark Blues toiled to get anywhere near Craig Gordon, making his first appearance in the Celtic goal since suffering a knee injury in January, barring Murray's explosive effort the Scotland stopper touched over the bar.

Craig Gordon holds the ball
Fit-again Craig Gordon made his first appearance since January, having overcome a knee injury

The champions were monopolising possession, and goals surely had to come. Or so you would have thought.

Forrest might have netted after confusion in the Dundee defence, his effort blocked by goalkeeper Elliot Parish. Scott Sinclair couldn't adjust his footing to angle a cross goalwards with his head. Then Forrest again unleashed a curling shot over the bar.

It took until nearly half-time for Dundee to emerge as an attacking threat, but they could have snatched an unlikely lead as their long balls through the middle caused Boyata and Hendry problems.

Deacon latched on to one such delivery, and only a stunning Boyata tackle denied him finding the net. The big Belgian was left looking on in horror, though, as the ball skidded beyond Gordon, only to strike the post and bounce to safety.

You could sense the frustration growing in home ranks, and the angst was almost palpable in the sparsely-populated home stands too, but it took until the 65th minute for boss Brendan Rodgers to ring the changes.

Scott Sinclair is challenged by Steven Caulker
Scott Sinclair could not find a way through the Dundee defence

The treble-chasing champions made a trio of substitutions. Off went ineffective striker Moussa Dembele, as did Tom Rogic and Sinclair. Edouard, Leigh Griffiths and Olivier Ntcham were introduced.

Still, however, Celtic huffed and puffed without being able to blow Dundee over. Edouard's effort was deflected wide, then Hendry nearly headed a late winner against the team he left in January.

That was as close as the home side got. A huge point then for relegation-threatened Dundee. And one they thoroughly deserved.

Line-ups

Celtic

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 1Gordon
  • 23Lustig
  • 4Hendry
  • 20Boyata
  • 42McGregor
  • 8BrownBooked at 32mins
  • 14S Armstrong
  • 49Forrest
  • 18RogicSubstituted forNtchamat 66'minutes
  • 11SinclairSubstituted forEdouardat 66'minutes
  • 10DembeleSubstituted forGriffithsat 65'minutes

Substitutes

  • 7Roberts
  • 9Griffiths
  • 21Ntcham
  • 22Edouard
  • 24de Vries
  • 35Ajer
  • 67Musonda

Dundee

Formation 3-5-1-1

  • 12Parish
  • 4Caulker
  • 5KusungaBooked at 31mins
  • 24Meekings
  • 14O'Hara
  • 8Kamara
  • 18McGowanSubstituted forWightonat 87'minutes
  • 28Spence
  • 3HoltBooked at 90mins
  • 21DeaconSubstituted forMoussaat 66'minutesBooked at 83mins
  • 17MurraySubstituted forLeitch-Smithat 77'minutes

Substitutes

  • 2Kerr
  • 7Leitch-Smith
  • 9Moussa
  • 15Aurtenetxe
  • 23Wolters
  • 33Wighton
  • 38Ferie
Referee:
Alan Muir
Attendance:
55,768

Match Stats

Home TeamCelticAway TeamDundee
Possession
Home66%
Away34%
Shots
Home26
Away1
Shots on Target
Home7
Away1
Corners
Home11
Away2
Fouls
Home7
Away20

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. Jack Hendry (Celtic) header from the left side of the box is close, but misses to the left following a corner.

  4. Post update

    Corner, Celtic. Conceded by Genséric Kusunga.

  5. Post update

    Attempt missed. Leigh Griffiths (Celtic) left footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high.

  6. Booking

    Kevin Holt (Dundee) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  7. Post update

    James Forrest (Celtic) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  8. Post update

    Foul by Kevin Holt (Dundee).

  9. Post update

    Attempt missed. Jack Hendry (Celtic) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right following a set piece situation.

  10. Substitution

    Substitution, Dundee. Craig Wighton replaces Paul McGowan because of an injury.

  11. Post update

    Odsonne Edouard (Celtic) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  12. Post update

    Foul by Mark O'Hara (Dundee).

  13. Post update

    Attempt saved. Olivier Ntcham (Celtic) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

  14. Post update

    Foul by Dedryck Boyata (Celtic).

  15. Post update

    Sofien Moussa (Dundee) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  16. Booking

    Sofien Moussa (Dundee) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  17. Post update

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

  18. Post update

    Foul by Sofien Moussa (Dundee).

  19. Post update

    Foul by Odsonne Edouard (Celtic).

  20. Post update

    Josh Meekings (Dundee) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

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Scores, Results & Fixtures

Wednesday 4th April 2018

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Celtic32219262204272
2Aberdeen32195850341662
3Rangers32185963382559
4Hibernian321610648341458
5Kilmarnock31131084238449
6Hearts32101393330343
7Motherwell32107153643-737
8St Johnstone32107153247-1537
9Hamilton3186174156-1530
10Dundee3286183149-1830
11Ross County3267193756-1925
12Partick Thistle3267192656-3025
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