Celtic vs Dundee
Parkhead, KO 3pm
17th December 2016
Referee: Bobby Madden
Linesmen: Kylie McMullan, Gary Hilland
Fourth Official: Gavin Ross
Dundee visit Parkhead to take on Celtic when in reality, they can really do without a trip to Glasgow at this time.
With the league so tight at the bottom and all the other teams picking up points here and there, The Dees will be hoping that results elsewhere go in their favour as the odds will be stacked against them getting a result here.
Celtic will steamroll this League, there is no doubting that fact but there will be a few hiccups along the way from them. Hopefully we can be the team to inflict that minor setback on them.
Last term we suffered a humiliating 6-0 defeat with our first visit to Glasgow that term but then on our second visit, we were very lucky not to grab the win. If we can produce that kind of performance again then we could very easily grab another point.
We have already played Celtic this season but unfortunately they won that tie 1-0 at Dens thanks to a Scott Brown strike.
On the team new front, Paul McGowan will be missing from the Dundee lineup due to suspension as will Michael Duffy who is ineligible to play against his parent club.
Julen Etxabeguren and Mark O’Hara are looking like they will both return to the squad after recovering from injury.
Hartley’s record as Dundee manager vs Celtic:
Played: 8 Won: 0 Drawn: 2 Lost: 6 F: 3 A: 17
Dundee haven’t won at Parkhead in 15 years, 7 months and 3 days.
Our last victory there saw Fabian Caballero both goals in a 2-0 win back in 2001. That was Celtic’s only home defeat of the season as they became League Champions.
A win or draw here will mean back to back results for Dundee at Parkhead, something they haven’t managed since season 1974/75.
Celtic are hoping to make it ELEVEN wins in a row.
Dundee last 5 League games:
Won | Motherwell 2-0 Home
Lost | Rangers 0-1 Away
Won | Inverness 2-1 Home
Lost | Kilmarnock 0-2 Away
Draw | Ross County 0-0 Home
Celtic last 5 League Games:
Won | Inverness 3-0 Home
Won | Kilmarnock 1-0 Away
Won | Motherwell 4-3 Away
Won | Partick 4-1 Away
Won |Hamilton 1-0 Home
Recent Record Vs Celtic
Last 5 League games at Parkhead:
Lost | 5-0 February 24th 2013
Lost | 2-1 November 22nd 2014
Lost | 5-0 May 1st 2015
Lost | 6-0 September 20th 2015
Draw | 0-0 March 2nd 2016
Last 5 League games at both grounds:
Lost | 5-0 Away May 1st 2015
Lost | 6-0 Away September 20th 2015
Draw | 0-0 Away March 2nd 2016
Draw | 0-0 Home April 5th 2016
Lost | 1-0 Home October 1st 2016
Head to Head League Record
Total Games: 130
Dundee wins: 43
Celtic Wins: 139
Dundee Goals: 233
Celtic Goals: 473
Head to Head League Record at Parkhead
Total Games: 117
Dundee wins: 12
Ross County Wins: 81
Dundee Goals: 95
Ross County Goals: 287
Last League Game at Dens Park
Dundee came close to causing a massive upset in Glasgow but had to settle for a point.
Dundee matched, outplayed and should have claimed all 3 points but they spurned great chances from Gary Harkins and Kostadin Gadzhalov, the latter missing a glorious chance to score with a free header.
BBC match report: http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/football/35647579
Celtic 0-2 Dundee
May 13th 2001
Celtic lost their unbeaten home league record in their last appearance at Parkhead this season as 10-man Dundee emerged surprise victors.
The Dens Park side gave a wonderful demonstration of counter-attacking football and a first half double from Fabian Caballero was enough to secure a famous three points.
Dundee were a man short for a hour following the 33rd minute dismissal of defender Zura Khizanishvili.
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