Dundee 2
Celtic 0
League (Premier Division)

2 - 0

League (Premier Division)
Saturday, February 9th, 1985
Dens Park
Attendance: 12,087
3:00 PM Kick-off

Ray Stephen (81)
Bobby Connor (pen.) (89)

Team Managers
Archie Knox
David Hay

Starting Eleven
1. Bobby Geddes
2. George McGeachie
3. Tosh McKinlay
4. John McCormack
5. Jim Smith
6. Bobby Glennie
7. Ray Stephen
8. John Brown
9. Graham Harvey
10. Bobby Connor
11. Albert Kidd
Paddy Bonner .1
Danny McGrain .2
Mark Reid .3
Murdo MacLeod .4
Tom McAdam .5
Pierce O'Leary .6
John Colquhoun .7
Paul McStay .8
Maurice Johnston .9
Tommy Burns .10
Frank McGarvey .11

12. Walker McCall
14. Stuart Rafferty
Alan McInally .12
Willie McStay .14

Walker McCall for Albert Kidd (46)
Stuart Rafferty for Graham Harvey (80)
Alan McInally for Maurice Johnston (66)

Bobby Glennie

Red Cards
None. None.
Match Officials

Bill Crombie (Edinburgh) (Referee)
G. Wilson (Aberdeen) & A. Wilson (Rosyth) (Assistants)

Match Report

Newspaper extract from The Sporting Post.

McKinlay, Harvey and Smith are back in the Dundee side. McGeachie is fit. Johnston and McGarvey are both in and the Celtic team is unchanged.

A Dundee move comes to nothing because Connor hoists the final cross far beyond goal.

When the Dark Blues move forward again Kidd runs the ball over the by-line.

When the home defenders fail to clear the ball MacLeod moves up to head a left foot shot from the corner of the penalty area and sees it flash past the far post.

A McGeachie free is headed over by Brown.

Celtic are finding the wind in their backs a handicap at times, but it adds pace to a McGrain shot which Geddes covers all the way.

The keeper has a harder task with a McGarvey shot.

Harvey does well to hold the ball then lays it off for Brown whose 20 yard shot is wide.

Brown moves in again, but loses control in the penalty area.

Kidd hits a low shot which comes back off keeper Bonner and McGrain concedes a corner.

Harvey puts the pressure on the Parkhead defence and McAdam has to concede another corner to the keen Dundee side.

The Dundee defence is battling with determination to keep the Celtic sharp-shooters in check.

MacLeod wriggles into a shooting position and Geddes dives to his right to put the 20-yard effort round the post.

At the other end Dundee play the ball across goal from the right to left and Connor sends a shot past the near post.

Half-time-Dundee 0, Celtic 0.

Reflections-Celtic have had slightly more of the play but Dundee have made as many chances.

McCall replaces Kidd for Dundee after the interval.

Offside halts McGarvev and then Johnston when they get the ball in the clear on the left.

Both sides have stepped up the pace and a slick Dundee move gives Connor a view of goal. His shot is blocked by McGrain.

Stephen chests down. a pass from McCall 12 yards from goal, turns and fires his shot straight at the keeper.

McGarvey fires the ball across the Dundee goal forcing Smith to head over his own bar.

A misunderstanding between Smith and Geddes gives Celtic a corner which produces hectic action before Johnston is given offside.

McGarvey does well to get past two defenders to hit the ball across goal and McCormack does equally well to beat two Celts to the ball to head clear.

In 66 minutes Celtic send on McInally for Johnston. Brown tries a 40-yard effort which is far too ambitious.

McGarvey has a chance to shoot from 18 yards and is not far off target.

Glennie is booked after a tackle on McGarvey and a couple of minutes later Smith is spoken to about à tackle on the striker.

With nine minutes left Rafferty replaces Harvey.

A minute later Dundee go in front. McCall sends the ball to STEPHEN who steers it into. the corner of the net.

Bonner makes a wonderful save from Rafferty.

In the last minute Reid brings down Rafferty in the box and CONNOR scores from the penalty.

Final-Dundee 2, Celtic 0

Squad Statistics (as at February 9th, 1985)

1984-85 All Time
Bobby Geddes (GK)24 7 - 104 -
John McCormack29 274274
Tosh McKinlay20 262745
Bobby Glennie27 27 - 2924
George McGeachie26 29 - 2258
Jim Smith23 1511165
Bobby Connor24 277277
John Brown - 276276
Ray Stephen22 28815734
Albert Kidd23 22311913
Graham Harvey22 4141
Stuart Rafferty (sub)23 292292
Walker McCall (sub)30 2126121

League Table (as at February 9th, 1985)

No league table has been added for this season.

Manager's Programme Notes

I'm starting today's column with an apology - I don't want to even discuss the two Cup games we played this week, at Muirton on Tuesday and the replay here the following night.

I would however remark on the great support that was in evidence this week and I'm sure all these fans will be pleased that we are at least in the next round of the Scottish Cup...with a trip to Ibrox next Saturday to look forward to.

More of the same kind of backing from our supporters would be very welcome on that occasion and I'm sure you won't let us down on that score.

The match here on Wednesday was of course our third in only four days but I'm not at all concerned about the possible effects some people might think that schedule will have on the fitness of the players and their readiness to cope with today's game.

A visit from Celtic is always a game that the players look forward to and the demands of the last week will be forgotten as the lads prepare to go about their business.

By tradition, Celtic are the kind of team who are always looking to beat their opponents and they need the points to make sure that their challenge for the Premier League title is sustained.

The fact that they'll be here to win the game gives us a better chance to have a go at them and therefore, with both teams seeking to be positive over the 90 minutes, the fans should get good value for money.

The game against Celtic at Dens earlier in the season was a bit of a cracker and although we lost 3-2 after being two goals down, it really could have gone either way.

Celtic's Championship ambition takes care of their motivation but we, too, have every incentive to go for both points.

Of course we need to get further clear of the bottom clubs but we've also managed - the Cup games excepted - to get a bit of rhythm going since we played Morton in December and it's important that we keep going.

Certainly, the players gave a very good account of them selves at Tynecastle on Sunday and showed that the enforced lay-off hasn't done them much harm.

In fact, some of the newcomers to this club who, this time last year were playing part-time football, have shown that they have clearly benefitted from the rest.

The Tynecastle match was great value for the fans and it was good to get back into action with an away point.

The lads played good football and their fitness and fighting qualities were very much put to the test when Hearts took the lead twice.

But the players came through all right and did more than enough to earn a point which means that we've now lost only one of our last six League games against Dumbarton on New Year's Day.

Finally, I would like to once again pay tribute to the excellent away support we had at Tynecastle and Muirton this week.

I've said before how much this means to the players and certainly we can have no complaints whatsoever about the backing we're getting.