Celtic 2-0 Dundee
Celtic recorded their third league win of the season in some style with a fairly emphatic win over Dundee.
Goals from Gary Hooper and Victor Wanyama made sure there was no slip up to follow last week's defeat in Perth.
The points were secured despite captain Scott Brown failing to score from the spot, but the save from Rab Douglas looked to be delaying the inevitable.
Hooper fired past Douglas four minutes later and Wanyama's powerful drive after the break secured the points.
Celtic had gone into the game on the back of their worst league start in 14 years and having been warned by manager Neil Lennon to kill the complacency that saw them fall to a surprise defeat by St Johnstone.
But two fresh faces - Tunisia striker Lassad Nouioui having been given his first start and partnering the returning Hooper after Miku and Mikael Lustig were ruled out through injury - played significant roles.
Dundee had to re-arrange their defence, with on-loan Lewis Toshney ineligible to play against his parent club and Neil McGregor being injured, with their places taken by Kyle Benedictus and Steven Milne.
The first real chance of the game came for the visitors after 15 minutes of pretty much constant Celtic pressure.
Kelvin Wilson slipped, allowing Ryan Conroy the chance to race in on the right and pick out Colin Nish, but the former Hibs striker fluffed his effort and John Baird blasted the re-bound high over the bar.
Home debut boy Lassad drilled a shot high and wide and Charlie Mulgrew's curling free kick was fisted away by Douglas as the onslaught resumed.
Douglas then blocked a low drive James Forrest after slack play from Matt Lockwood.
Celtic's frustration grew further when captain Brown watched his 39th-minute penalty superbly save by Douglas after Lassad was brought down by Benedictus.
The travelling support went wild, but minutes later they were silenced by Hooper.
Brown slipped the Englishman in on goal and from eight yards the striker fired low past Douglas into the net for his first league goal of the season.
With nerves settled just before the break, it was a goal that perhaps changed the Celtic manager's half-time team talk.
Just minutes after the restart, Gary Irvine chested the ball back to Douglas, but the ball bizarrely hit the post and rolled along the goal-line before the big goalkeeper pounced to smother.
However, Douglas had no chance with goal number two, which came two minutes later.
Wanyama found some space around 30 yards and unleashed a fierce shot with the outside of his right foot and Douglas could only watch helplessly as the ball pinged off the post and into the net.
The Celtic dominance continued and Hooper watched his close-range effort rebound off the post, but by then Celtic had already secured the points that cemented Dundee's place at the foot of the table.
- 01 Forster
- 02 Matthews
- 03 Izaguirre
- 06 Wilson
- 21 Mulgrew
- 08 Brown (Ambrose - 86' )
- 15 Commons (McGeouch - 73' )
- 49 Forrest
- 67 Wanyama
- 11 Nouioui (Watt - 65' )
- 88 Hooper
- 24 Zaluska
- 04 Ambrose
- 25 Rogne
- 20 McCourt
- 40 Ibrahim
- 46 McGeouch
- 32 Watt
- 01 Douglas
- 02 Irvine
- 03 Lockwood
- 17 Benedictus Booked
- 06 Davidson
- 11 Conroy
- 28 Kerr
- 10 Baird (Riley - 71' )
- 15 Milne (Boyle - 66' )
- 20 McAlister Booked
- 24 Nish
- 36 Baird
- 18 Gallagher
- 26 Easton
- 07 Riley
- 16 Webster
- 23 Boyle
Live Text Commentary
Full Time The referee blows his whistle to end the game.90:00 +0:51
James Forrest has an effort at goal from just outside the box which goes wide of the right-hand post.89:54
Corner from the right by-line taken by Dylan McGeouch, clearance by James McAlister.88:28
The ball is swung over by Adam Matthews, Iain Davidson manages to make a clearance.86:24
Direct free kick taken by Charlie Mulgrew.86:24 Booking
Booking James McAlister is cautioned by the ref for unsporting behaviour.86:10
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Emilio Izaguirre by James McAlister.85:59
A cross is delivered by Dylan McGeouch, save made by Rab Douglas.85:47
The ball is crossed by Dylan McGeouch, blocked by Kyle Benedictus.85:15
Corner taken by Dylan McGeouch from the right by-line, Iain Davidson makes a clearance.85:06 Substitution
Substitution Efe Ambrose replaces Scott Brown.83:50
James McAlister has an effort at goal from just outside the area which goes wide of the left-hand post.82:09
Corner taken right-footed by Dylan McGeouch from the right by-line, Scott Brown takes a shot. Save by Rab Douglas.80:36
Tony Watt has an effort at goal from just inside the box that misses to the right of the target.79:46
The ball is delivered by Tony Watt, clearance by Gary Irvine.77:55
James McAlister concedes a free kick for a foul on Emilio Izaguirre. Emilio Izaguirre restarts play with the free kick.77:13
Tony Watt takes a shot. Save by Rab Douglas.74:18
Shot by Gary Hooper from deep inside the penalty area bounces off the post.72:52 Substitution
Substitution Dylan McGeouch replaces Kris Commons.72:06
Effort from 20 yards by James McAlister. Save by Fraser Forster.
Substitution John Baird goes off and Nicky Riley comes on.70:28
Effort on goal by Charlie Mulgrew from outside the area goes harmlessly over the bar.70:10
Centre by Emilio Izaguirre.69:02
Centre by Emilio Izaguirre, Iain Davidson makes a clearance.68:07
Free kick awarded for a foul by Gary Hooper on Mark Kerr. Kyle Benedictus takes the free kick.65:13 Substitution
Substitution Martin Boyle on for Steven Milne.64:54 Substitution
Substitution Tony Watt is brought on as a substitute for Lassad Nouioui.64:20
Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Kris Commons played to the near post.63:51
Kris Commons takes a shot. Rab Douglas makes a save.63:00
Adam Matthews delivers the ball, Gary Irvine manages to make a clearance.60:47
John Baird gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Charlie Mulgrew. Fraser Forster takes the direct free kick.58:53
Corner from the left by-line taken by Kris Commons, clearance by Colin Nish.58:31
Lassad Nouioui takes a shot. Rab Douglas makes a save.57:20
Victor Wanyama challenges Gary Irvine unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by Rab Douglas.56:41
Short corner worked by Kris Commons.55:25
Shot by James Forrest. Save by Rab Douglas.54:51
Effort from outside the box by John Baird goes wide right of the target.53:48
Kris Commons produces a drilled left-footed shot from deep inside the penalty box which goes wide of the right-hand upright.53:04
Centre by Kris Commons, Rab Douglas makes a save.51:32
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Colin Nish by Charlie Mulgrew. Gary Irvine takes the direct free kick.51:17
The official flags Gary Hooper offside. Free kick taken by Rab Douglas.51:05
The ball is crossed by Emilio Izaguirre.48:40
Assist by Emilio Izaguirre.48:40 Goal scored
Goal! - Victor Wanyama - Celtic 2 - 0 Dundee Victor Wanyama gets on the score sheet with a goal from long distance to the bottom right corner of the goal. Celtic 2-0 Dundee.46:32
Unfair challenge on Colin Nish by Emilio Izaguirre results in a free kick. Kyle Benedictus restarts play with the free kick.45:09
James McAlister produces a left-footed shot from just outside the box that goes wide left of the target.45:01
The referee starts the second half.45:00 +1:07 Half time
Half Time The first half comes to an end.45:00 +0:54
The ball is swung over by Charlie Mulgrew, clearance by Kyle Benedictus.44:37
The official flags Lassad Nouioui offside. Indirect free kick taken by Rab Douglas.44:28
The ball is sent over by Kris Commons.42:59
Assist on the goal came from Scott Brown.42:59 Goal scored
Goal! - Gary Hooper - Celtic 1 - 0 Dundee Gary Hooper gets on the score sheet with a goal from inside the box to the bottom right corner of the goal. Celtic 1-0 Dundee.41:14
Kris Commons crosses the ball.39:56
Adam Matthews has shot on goal from just outside the box which goes wide of the right-hand upright.38:36
Shot from just outside the box by Kris Commons misses to the right of the goal.38:14
Kris Commons takes a short corner.38:06 Penalty
Placed penalty taken by Scott Brown saved by Rab Douglas. Celtic 0-0 Dundee.37:15
A cross is delivered by Emilio Izaguirre, Kyle Benedictus challenges Lassad Nouioui unfairly and gives away a Penalty.35:40
Kelvin Wilson challenges Colin Nish unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Iain Davidson.32:55
The ball is swung over by Kris Commons, Iain Davidson makes a clearance.32:15
The ball is swung over by Lassad Nouioui.31:25
James Forrest takes a shot. Rab Douglas makes a save.29:36
James Forrest takes a shot from 18 yards. Save by Rab Douglas.28:20
The ball is delivered by Emilio Izaguirre, clearance made by Iain Davidson.27:35
The ball is sent over by Kris Commons.27:05
Kris Commons takes a short corner.24:47
Effort on goal by Kris Commons from outside the box goes harmlessly over the bar.22:17
Direct effort from the free kick comes in from Charlie Mulgrew, save made by Rab Douglas.22:17 Booking
Booking Kyle Benedictus receives a caution for unsporting behaviour.22:08
Victor Wanyama fouled by Kyle Benedictus, the ref awards a free kick.20:38
Shot from deep inside the area by Lassad Nouioui goes over the bar.20:01
John Baird concedes a free kick for a foul on Adam Matthews. Fraser Forster takes the direct free kick.19:07
Gary Hooper challenges Mark Kerr unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by Rab Douglas.18:50
A cross is delivered by Victor Wanyama, Iain Davidson manages to make a clearance.17:51
The ball is sent over by Kris Commons, drilled left-footed shot by Lassad Nouioui. Save made by Rab Douglas.15:31
A cross is delivered by Kris Commons.15:03
Shot by John Baird.14:46
Colin Nish takes a shot. Blocked by Scott Brown.13:51
Foul by Colin Nish on Kelvin Wilson, free kick awarded. Kris Commons restarts play with the free kick.13:40
The ball is delivered by Emilio Izaguirre.13:02
A cross is delivered by Charlie Mulgrew, Iain Davidson manages to make a clearance.12:09
The ball is swung over by Emilio Izaguirre, clearance made by John Baird.11:04
James Forrest has an effort at goal from outside the area missing to the wide right of the goal.10:21
The ball is swung over by Emilio Izaguirre, clearance by Iain Davidson.8:11
The ball is delivered by Emilio Izaguirre, clearance made by Iain Davidson.7:23
Matthew Lockwood concedes a free kick for a foul on James Forrest. Adam Matthews takes the direct free kick.4:56
James McAlister challenges Scott Brown unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct effort from the free kick comes in from Charlie Mulgrew.1:42
Effort on goal by Gary Hooper from just inside the penalty area goes over the target.0:00
The referee starts the match.
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