Dundee 2
Celtic 6
League (Premier Division)

2 - 6

League (Premier Division)
Saturday, September 24th, 1983
Dens Park
Attendance: 11,467
3:00 PM Kick-off

Iain Ferguson (pen.) (20)
Iain Ferguson (pen.) (82)
Tommy Burns (33)
Brian McClair (38)
Brian McClair (52)
Brian McClair (72)
Brian McClair (73)
James Melrose (80)

Team Managers
Donald Mackay
David Hay

Starting Eleven
1. Colin Kelly
2. George McGeachie
3. Tosh McKinlay
4. Cammy Fraser
5. Bobby Glennie
6. Ian MacDonald
7. Iain Ferguson
8. Stewart McKimmie
9. Walker McCall
10. Lex Richardson
11. Albert Kidd
Pat Bonner .1
Danny McGrain .2
Brian Whittaker .3
Roy Aitken .4
Tom McAdam .5
Murdo MacLeod .6
Davie Provan .7
Paul McStay .8
James Melrose .9
Tommy Burns .10
Brian McClair .11

12. Peter Mackie
14. Jim Smith
Graeme Sinclair .12
John Halpin .14

Peter Mackie for Stewart McKimmie (46)
Jim Smith for Walker McCall (75)
John Halpin for Davie Provan (68)
Sinclair for Brian Whittaker (80)

Tosh McKinlay (65)
Brian Whittaker
Davie Provan
James Melrose

Red Cards
Cammy Fraser (69)
Match Officials

A. M. Roy (Elgin) (Referee)
A. Lyon (Aberdeen) & A. Harper (Aberdeen) (Assistants)

Match Report

It was a black day for Dundee. Apart from the first team losing 6-2 to Celtic, the reserves lost 5-0 at Parkhead.

Manager Donald Mackay, "We started well at Dens and had a real grip for the first 25 minutes. After that we gave Celtic enough room to turn the Titanic.

"However, I still don't think there was four goals between the teams. I was delighted with Lex Richardson's debut and also thought Iain Ferguson did extremely well."

In fact, Provan was lucky to stay on the park after exchanging kicks with Dundee defender Tom McKinlay, who also had his name taken.

Dundee's unhappy afternoon was completed by the ordering off of skipper Cammy Fraser for a foul on Provan.

But his offence seemed less serious than the one which earned the Celtic winger only a booking.

The departure of skipper Cammy Fraser, with the score 3- 1 for Celts, was the start of Dundee's final deterioration.

How referee Roy considered Fraser's tackle on Davie Provan merited a red card, after merely booking Tosh McKinlay and Provan for a no-holds-barred clash earlier, was beyond my comprehension!

So ended a sad day for Dundee. Few expected them to win this one, most looked for a much better scoreline.

What Donald Mackay described as a "glimmer of encouragement" came from the debut of Lex Richardson. The manager praised the contribution of the ex-St Mirren midfield man, and wished others in the team had copied his attitude.

But Dundee's problem remains consistency of per- formance. There was not the slightest indication from the early play on Saturday that they were in for a drubbing.

So why does the roof fall in when they lose a goal?

Celtic, in contrast, started quietly by their standards and went from strength to strength. When this was pointed out to Manager Davie Hay at the end, I liked his reply-"Better to start slowly than finish early."

Which is just what happened to Dundee. They lost their way far too early in this game.

Match report written by The Courier

Squad Statistics (as at September 24th, 1983)

1983-84 All Time
Colin Kelly (GK)21 9 - 47 -
George McGeachie24 9 - 1728
Tosh McKinlay18 8 - 9 -
Bobby Glennie25 9 - 2372
Stewart McKimmie20 9 - 87 -
Cammy Fraser26 9 - 12518
Lex Richardson24 1 - 1 -
Ian MacDonald30 83686
Iain Ferguson21 8510941
Albert Kidd21 91698
Walker McCall29 7474
Jim Smith (sub)22 3 - 613
Peter Mackie (sub)25 8115720

League Table (as at September 24th, 1983)

No league table has been added for this season.

Manager's Programme Notes

We have learned a couple of vital lessons from Saturday's unbelievable defeat at the hands of Hearts.

One of them is as old as the game itself - you must take your chances or run the risk of being caught out. The other is to stay with discipline and control when all of a sudden things start going badly on the park.

If ever a game proved the truth of the old adage about chances then it was last Saturday's. Our obvious superiority went for absolutely nothing as we were hit by the old one-two sucker punch in the closing stages.

Goodness knows, this is a tough enough League with out making things harder for ourselves. And that's exactly what we did against the men from Tynecastle.

I believe that there would have been no injustice had we been four or five goals up, halfway through the second half. Indeed, for an hour and 10 minutes I was reasonably pleased with the manner in which the players were playing to our pre-match strategy... apart from all the missed chances that is!

By my reckoning we made more chances in the opening 10 minutes of the second half as we have done all season.

But for some inexplicable reason, players we know to be good finishers suddenly started hitting them high and wide from good positions.

The second lesson concerns the way we fell out of the game after the Hearts equaliser.

Firstly, I would like you to consider the facts. We are all over Hearts, missing chances by the hatful and still they are only a goal behind. The equaliser gives them a scarcely deserved lifeline and what do they do?

They grab it with both hands, suddenly start believing this could be THEIR day and start running as if the game had just started.

On the other hand Dundee, the team which suddenly finds itself in trouble, can't get back to grips.

I contend that this can happen to the best teams in the world in these horrendous circumstances. But still, I will drum it into my players that if, in these extremely harrowing circumstances, they can continue to do the correct things and continue to play as a team, then the nightmare might not necessarily happen.

Unfortunately it did just that last week and now we're facing a real pressure situation with only one point from four games.

Celtic are our welcome visitors and we must go about this test believing that we CAN beat our opponents. If we take this approach and do all the things we're good at then we might by five o'clock have given you, the fans, something to get excited about at last.