Scottish Premiership
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Dundee 0-1 Celtic

By Tom EnglishBBC Scotland at Dens Park
Scott Brown scores
Brown (far right) netted for the second time this season

Captain Scott Brown ensured Scottish Premiership leaders Celtic went into the international break with another three points at Dundee.

Celtic dominated the first half without reward, Scott Sinclair having two efforts saved well by Scott Bain.

But Brown found a way through early in the second half, lashing in a loose ball with his left foot from close in.

Sinclair tested Bain again after the break while stubborn Dundee only fleetingly threatened.

They remain on six points while Celtic maintain their four-point advantage over Aberdeen.

Subdued Celtic

Celtic had vast tracts of possession but, for once, they were not sharp enough to convert mountains of ball into mountains of goals, as they have done so often domestically this season.

Their European exploits in midweek - the 3-3 draw with Manchester City - took a lot out of them, for sure.

Their hosts offered little threat themselves but they were focused at the back.

That will give Paul Hartley some encouragement in difficult times. Celtic were dominant but this was a day when Sinclair's goal rush - one in each of the past six league games - was halted, when Moussa Dembele failed to threaten and when Leigh Griffiths and Patrick Roberts, off the bench, could not add to Brown's goal.

Scott Sinclair and Brendan Rodgers
Sinclair was replaced by Stuart Armstrong near the end

Brown leads the way

This was far more mundane fare for the Celtic captain compared to the stellar cast list he came up against on Wednesday, but Brown was as tuned in and as professional against Dundee as he was against City.

He was the one who broke Dundee's resistance and that was appropriate because he was the best player on the field until that point. Celtic were not anywhere close to their best, but Brown did what needed to be done.

Having been held goalless in the opening half - the first time that has happened in the league this season - Celtic probed and Dembele did great work to create the moment from which Brown scored. When the ball broke loose from the striker's attempt on goal, it was Brown who was there to drive home.

Dundee and Celtic players
Dundee have six points from a possible 24 while Celtic are on 19 after seven games

Long road for Dundee

This was Dundee's seventh game without a win, a run that has brought just three points from a possible 21. That's bottom-two stuff, if it continues.

It is not hard to have some sympathy for Hartley, though. His team defended pretty well, but he does not have much in front of goal.

For all of Faissal El Bakhtaoui and Yordi Teijsse's work-rate, they cannot be expected to fill the giant boots of the departed Kane Hemmings and Greg Stewart.

El Bakhtaoui and Teijsee have scored just one league goal between them this term. Their only chance against Celtic was a tame close-range header from Teijsse.

At this point last season, Hemmings and Stewart had seven. They scored 30 in the league overall - 56% of Dundee's total. Hartley has a seismic job on his hands to fill that void.

Line-ups

Dundee

Formation 3-5-2

  • 1Bain
  • 55Gomis
  • 6O'Dea
  • 3Holt
  • 30KerrBooked at 11mins
  • 18McGowan
  • 8LowSubstituted forRossat 81'minutes
  • 14O'Hara
  • 11WilliamsBooked at 22minsSubstituted forLoyat 84'minutes
  • 19Teijsse
  • 20El BakhtaouiSubstituted forWightonat 65'minutes

Substitutes

  • 4Vincent
  • 9Loy
  • 12Mitchell
  • 16Etxabeguren
  • 17Ross
  • 33Wighton
  • 49Quigley

Celtic

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 1Gordon
  • 23Lustig
  • 5Simunovic
  • 28Sviatchenko
  • 63Tierney
  • 8Brown
  • 6BittonBooked at 90mins
  • 49ForrestSubstituted forRobertsat 74'minutes
  • 18RogicSubstituted forGriffithsat 65'minutes
  • 11SinclairSubstituted forArmstrongat 85'minutes
  • 10Dembele

Substitutes

  • 2K Touré
  • 9Griffiths
  • 12Gamboa
  • 14Armstrong
  • 24de Vries
  • 27Roberts
  • 42McGregor
Referee:
Andrew Dallas
Attendance:
8,827

Match Stats

Home TeamDundeeAway TeamCeltic
Possession
Home31%
Away69%
Shots
Home2
Away16
Shots on Target
Home1
Away7
Corners
Home5
Away4
Fouls
Home7
Away12

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Dundee 0, Celtic 1.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Dundee 0, Celtic 1.

  3. Post update

    Darren O'Dea (Dundee) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  4. Post update

    Foul by Moussa Dembele (Celtic).

  5. Booking

    Nir Bitton (Celtic) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  6. Post update

    Mark O'Hara (Dundee) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  7. Post update

    Foul by Nir Bitton (Celtic).

  8. Post update

    Attempt missed. Kieran Tierney (Celtic) left footed shot from the left side of the box misses to the right.

  9. Substitution

    Substitution, Celtic. Stuart Armstrong replaces Scott Sinclair.

  10. Substitution

    Substitution, Dundee. Rory Loy replaces Danny Williams.

  11. Post update

    Nick Ross (Dundee) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  12. Post update

    Foul by Nir Bitton (Celtic).

  13. Substitution

    Substitution, Dundee. Nick Ross replaces Nicky Low.

  14. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Moussa Dembele (Celtic) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

  15. Post update

    Darren O'Dea (Dundee) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  16. Post update

    Foul by Scott Brown (Celtic).

  17. Substitution

    Substitution, Celtic. Patrick Roberts replaces James Forrest.

  18. Post update

    Attempt missed. Leigh Griffiths (Celtic) left footed shot from a difficult angle on the right is close, but misses to the right.

  19. Post update

    Yordi Teijsse (Dundee) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  20. Post update

    Foul by James Forrest (Celtic).