Dundee 1
Celtic 3
League (Premier Division)

1 - 3

League (Premier Division)
Saturday, October 3rd, 1981
Dens Park
Attendance: 13,254
3:00 PM Kick-off

George McGeachie (61)
George McCluskey (27)
George McCluskey (57)
Frank McGarvey (70)

Team Managers
Donald Mackay
Billy McNeil

Starting Eleven
1. Bobby Geddes
2. Les Barr
3. Danny Cameron
4. Cammy Fraser
5. Bobby Glennie
6. Iain MacDonald
7. Iain Ferguson
8. Davie Bell
9. Eric Sinclair
10. Ian Fleming
11. George McGeachie
Pat Bonner .1
Davie Moyes .2
Mark Reid .3
Roy Aitken .4
Tom McAdam .5
Murdo MacLeod .6
Charlie Nicholas .7
Dom Sullivan .8
Frank McGarvey .9
Tommy Burns .10
George McCluskey .11

12. Brian Scrimgeour
14. Peter Mackie
Mike Conroy .12
John Halpin .14

Peter Mackie for George McGeachie (67)
Brian Scrimgeour for Ian Fleming (82)

None. None.

Red Cards
None. None.
Match Officials

W. P. Knowles (Inverurie) (Referee)
A. J. Lyon (Aberdeen) & H. McGunnigle (Barrhead) (Assistants)

Match Report

To Dundee guts and graft, to Celtic class and craft. Result-a deserved 3-1 win for the visitors, but no disgrace to the homesters.

In atrocious conditions these ingredients went into making one of the most interesting and exciting games seen at Dens in a long time.

At times, Celtic played excellent football, befitting their position as champions.

Despite Dens being barely playable with gallons of surface water, Celtic endeavoured to stroke the ball around throughout. They were well ahead of Dundee in the finer points of the game.

Tommy Burns, George McCluskey and Frank McGarvey in particular were far too sharp. However, newly promoted Dundee again indicated they won't be pushed aside lightly.

What they lacked in finesse, they more than recouped in concentration and determination.

There can be no moans about the outcome, although if Dundee continue to work as they did here, there's no reason why they shouldn't stay in the Premier League.

But all credit to Celtic. After their mid-week defeat in Italy, it would have been understandable if they suffered a reaction. However, from the start it was obvious their attitude was correct and there was to be no slip-up.

Once they'd adapted to the aquatic conditions, Celtic quietly slipped ahead. Ironically, it followed a breakdown of Dundee's likeliest-looking move.

Burns intercepted a Fleming pass on the edge of his own box and didn't release the ball until he reached the edge of Dundee's box. Sullivan crossed, Nicholas nudged it on and McCluskey scored at the far post, despite Geddes' despairing efforts.

Around this stage Celtic stroked the ball with a velvet touch. Yet, Dundee's determination saw Bonner make good saves from Sinclair and Cameron before Celtic went further ahead.

It followed the game's most telling move. McCluskey played two delightful 1-2's with Sullivan before stroking past the bemused Geddes.

However, it Celtic thought they could cruise after this, Dundee soon made them think again.

Fleming sent Ferguson through on the right and the teenager sent over a deep cross which evaded the hands of Bonner. George McGeachie threw himself at the ball and ended in the net beside it.

Just as Dundee had thoughts of saving a point, Celtic produced one final piece of culture. Charlie Nicholas slipped a well-judged pass inside Glennie for McGarvey to run on to and beat Geddes at his near post.

There were plenty incidents at both ends. Aitken and McAdam cleared shots from Sinclair and Ferguson off the line. Geddes had fine saves from McCluskey and Nicholas.

The game was played in a splendid spirit. I can't recall one bad tackle or nasty inciden.

Celtic have shaken off their European Cup disappointment in double quick time. Bonner, Aitken, McGarvey, McCluskey and Burns were outstanding. McGrain and Provan were hardly missed.

Dundee shouldn't be too despondent. They gave Celtic a better game than some other Premier League sides. However, they must find some pace and penetration if their season isn't to be one long. uphill battle.

Davie Bell was outstanding, keeping the in-form MacLeod quieter than usual. Cameron, MacDonald and Ferguson were their other notables.

Match report written by The Sunday Post

Squad Statistics (as at October 3rd, 1981)

1981-82 All Time
Bobby Geddes (GK)21 10 - 41 -
Danny Cameron27 7171
Bobby Glennie24 12 - 1632
Les Barr28 8 - 1111
George McGeachie22 1011066
Ian Fleming28 124408
Iain MacDonald28 122122
Davie Bell - 10 - 10 -
Cammy Fraser24 91478
Eric Sinclair27 11123481
Iain Ferguson19 843410
Brian Scrimgeour (sub)22 5 - 335
Peter Mackie (sub)23 61748

League Table (as at October 3rd, 1981)

No league table has been added for this season.

Manager's Programme Notes

Since the last programme we have had mixed fortunes with a very good result against St Mirren and a disappointing result against Morton. Although St Mirren had the majority of the ball we kept plugging away and finished with our best result of the season so far. It was a different story at Greenock last Saturday where the effort was still very good from the team, but a certain incident, which I will cover later, upset the rhythm of the players and we finished on the wrong side of a 2-0 result. The incident which I refer to was the sending off of Albert Kidd - an incident which should never have happened. The player has been disciplined by the Club which is normal procedure in such cases. This is something about which I feel very strongly, as players must be made aware of their responsibilities on and off the field of play, both to Dundee Football Club and their supporters. The player himself has asked me to apologise on his behalf to the supporters who travelled to Greenock on Saturday for allowing himself to be come involved in a situation which ended in his being sent off.

But back to today and a warm wel come is extended to our visitors from Parkhead. Celtic are always an exciting team to play at any time of the season, but as this is our first encounter with them this season, it makes it even more interesting. Their reputation for always playing attacking foot ball can only be good for the game and it is a pity more clubs do not follow this example. I, personally, have many fond memories of Celtic encounters in which I have been involved in the past and I trust that today's match will be one we will all want to remember in the future.

As is normal with Celtic games, we are anticipating a large crowd today and I know I speak for everyone at Dens Park when I say we hope it will be a trouble-free afternoon regardless of the result.

The reserves continue on their winning way with a 2-0 result against Kilmarnock last Saturday and are currently top of their section in the Reserve League Cup.