Celtic 1
Dundee 0
League (Premier League)


1 - 0


League (Premier League)
Saturday, September 23rd, 2000
Celtic Park
Attendance: 59,694
3:00 PM Kick-off

Petrov (61) None.

Team Managers
Martin O'Neil Ivano Bonetti

Starting Eleven
1. Jonathan Gould
2. Tom Boyd
5. Joos Valgaeren
35. Johan Mjallby
4. Jackie McNamara
14. Paul Lambert
25. Lubomir Moravcik
19. Stilian Petrov
8. Alan Thompson
9. Chris Sutton
7. Henrik Larsson
Robert Douglas .1
Steven Tweed .6
Lee Wilkie .20
Barry Smith .2
Javier Artero .18
Gavin Rae .14
Shaun McSkimming .12
Ivano Bonetti .8
Alessandro Romano .29
Giorgi Nemsadze .10
Juan Sara .9

21. Stewart Kerr
16. Olivier Tebily
6. Stubbs
24. Colin Healy
10. Eyal Berkovic
Jamie Langfield .3
Chris Coyne .22
Hugh Robertson .23
Steven Milne .15
Willie Falconer .11

Healy for Thompson (80)
Stubbs for Moravcik (84)
Berkovic for Larsson (90)
Willie Falconer for Giorgi Nemsadze (65)
Steven Milne for Juan Sara (75)
Hugh Robertson for Alessandro Romano (89)

Stilian Petrov (69) Alessandro Romano (35)
Lee Wilkie (68)
Willie Falconer (80)

Red Cards
None. None.

Match Officials

Tom Brown (Referee)

Match Report

Dundee gained respect and no little admiration from all corners, but still came away from Parkhead empty-handed.

It might have all been so different had Juan Sara's 5th minute header from Bonetti's corner found the net rather than rattling off the face of the crossbar.

As it was the one time that Celtic made a real clear-cut chance saw them take the points, Petrov finding a lot of space to head home Thomson's cross in 61 minutes.

Dundee had limited Celtic to mainly half chances until then, although Douglas did well on a number of occasions, particularly when saving from a low Sutton shot in ten minutes and again from the same player's downward header seven minutes later.

That crude challenge in Wednesday's derby had robbed us of the chance of comparing Fab' Cab' with Celtic superstar Henrik Larsson so it was probably just as well that the Swede looked out of sorts - he certainly didn't make the kind of impact that he has in previous matches between the clubs.

While never a particularly exciting game this had two teams who were prepared to pass the ball all day and so had something for the purist.

The first period had Celtic struggling to cope with Artero's runs down the right with Thomson looking uncomfortable with the defensive part of his wing back duties. It was a different matter at the other end where his direct approach was one of the main worries the Dundee defence had to deal with.

Dundee were generally very comfortable in the first half and some of their passing moves looked great but with Sara a bit isolated up front it was hard to see where an end result was going to come from.

The start of the second half saw Martin O'Neil change things slightly with Artero and more tightly policed cutting out one of Dundee's main options, a consequence was that the home side began to have more pressure, though never anything like we've experienced at this venue in recent years.

One delightful ball from Thomson and a run from Petrov though put a different complexion on the game just after the hour mark. It turned out to be the winner, but the Dees did change things in an attempt to grab an equaliser.

Falconer, Milne and Robertson came on for Nemsadze, Sara and Romano and the Dark Blues pressed forward in the closing stages in search of an equaliser. Jonathan Gould had gifted us a point last season and for a moment it looked as if he was going to do the same again as he fumbled Bonetti's stinging free kick but none of the strikers could get to the loose ball.

Young 'Savo' Milne impressed greatly with his no ducking and diving work rate and eagerness to get a chance but the ball.just wouldn't fall for him, while Willie Falconer tripped when he had space and a shooting chance from the edge of the box.

Celtic were relieved to hear the final whistle but if truth be told we hadn't really looked like scoring, although everything else about our play had been excellent.

Match report written by Dundee Matchday Programme

Squad Statistics (as at September 23rd, 2000)

2000-01 All Time
Robert Douglas (GK)28 11 - 131 -
Lee Wilkie20 61331
Steven Tweed28 11 - 613
Barry Smith26 11 - 1901
Shaun McSkimming30 6 - 937
Gavin Rae22 7 - 1118
Javier Artero25 101192
Giorgi Nemsadze28 11 - 11 -
Alessandro Romano30 5 - 5 -
Ivano Bonetti - 8 - 8 -
Juan Sara23 116116
Hugh Robertson (sub)25 2 - 593
Willie Falconer (sub)34 6 - 7720
Steven Milne (sub)20 2 - 4 -

League Table (as at September 23rd, 2000)

No league table has been added for this season.