Celtic 2
Dundee 2
League (Premier Division)


2 - 2


League (Premier Division)
Saturday, February 23rd, 1980
Celtic Park
Attendance: 23,000
3:00 PM Kick-off

George McCluskey (21)
Murdo MacLeod (22)
Jimmy Murphy (15)
Roy Aitken (o.g.) (83)

Team Managers
Billy McNeill Tommy Gemmell

Starting Eleven
1. Peter Latchford
2. Alan Sneddon
3. Danny McGrain
4. Roy Aitken
5. Roddie McDonald
6. Murdo McLeod
7. Davie Provan
8. George McCluskey
9. Bobby Lennox
10. Dom Sullivan
11. Johnny Doyle
Ally Donaldson .1
Peter Millar .2
Erich Schaedler .3
George McGeachie .4
Bobby Glennie .5
Jim Shirra .6
John Fletcher .7
Peter Mackie .8
Ian Fleming .9
Eric Sinclair .10
Jimmy Murphy .11

12. Charlie Nicholas
14. Jim Casey
Les Barr .12
Iain Ferguson .14

None. Les Barr for John Fletcher

None. None.

Red Cards
None. None.

Match Officials

Match Report

Parkheas punters are putting it about that Billy McNeill didn't bid for Kevin Keegan recently because he has got Davie Provan. True or not, Davie was certainly the top Celt in this undistinguished performance by the champions.

But, really, most of the glory belongs to Dundee. No bedraggled blue bonnets here. They didn't seem to need a Redford-nor even a blue Talbot or a yellow Vauxhall!

No, the Dens Parkers had plenty of drive, and if a 52nd minute thumper from 20 yards by Jim Murphy had gone in instead of smacking the post with Latchford beaten, the result would have been an even greater shock.

Dundee's early opener can be laid at the foot of Roy Aitken. Trying to be clever in his own area, he was robbed by Sinclair. Latch ford parried Eric's shot, but only to Jim Murphy, who promptly slammed the rebound into the net.

It looked like this goal was the worst thing that could have happened to Dundee, for seven minutes later Celtic were 2-1 up. First Murdo MacLeod planted a free - kick right on McCluskey's head, and George's effort curved away from Donaldson into the far corner.

Then Bobby Lennox crossed low from the left, and MacLeod himself bashed the ball first time through a ruck of players and past Donaldson. From there on, except for Murphy's post slapper, it was nearly all Celtic until poor Roy Aitken boobed again.

So did Roddy McDonald, completely missing a long Donaldson punch in mid field. Aitken tried to rectify, but, harassed by Sinclair, he prodded the ball over Latchford's despairing arms.

To be fair, Lennox had a goal disallowed for offside in the very last minute, but the decision, though tight, looked correct. In any case the dropped point probably won't matter to Celtic at the end of the season, while it may be valuable in Dundee's fight for safety.

Match report written by The Sporting Post

Squad Statistics (as at February 23rd, 1980)

1979-80 All Time
Ally Donaldson (GK)36 32 - 394 -
Bobby Glennie22 33 - 882
George McGeachie21 221433
Peter Millar28 192352
Erich Schaedler20 19 - 662
Ian Fleming27 2121
John Fletcher26 241241
Peter Mackie22 9191
Jimmy Murphy23 334526
Jim Shirra29 2858913
Eric Sinclair26 321116255
Les Barr (sub)27 28 - 541

League Table (as at February 23rd, 1980)

No league table has been added for this season.