Dundee 0
Celtic 4
League (Premier League)

0 - 4

League (Premier League)
Saturday, September 15th, 2001
Dens Park
Attendance: 9,842
5:35 PM Kick-off

None. Henrik Larsson (45)
Henrik Larsson (49)
Stiliyan Petrov (70)
Shaun Maloney (88)

Team Managers
Ivano Bonetti
Martin O'Neill

Starting Eleven
1. Jamie Langfield
17. Walter Del Rio
13. Zurab Khizanishvili
4. Marcello Marrocco
2. Barry Smith
14. Beto Garrido
10. Giorgi Nemsadze
8. Gavin Rae
11. Mark Robertson
21. Alessandro Romano
15. Steven Milne
Robert Douglas .20
Johan Mjallby .35
Bono Balde .6
Joos Valgaeren .5
Didier Agathe .17
Paul Lambert .14
Neil Lennon .18
Alan Thompson .8
Lubomír Moravcik .25
Chris Sutton .9
Henrik Larsson .7

40. Paul Mathers
6. Chris Coyne
24. Steven Robb
16. Colin Boylan
7. Fabian Caballero
Dmitri Kharine .23
John Hartson .10
Stiliyan Petrov .19
Shaun Maloney .29
Stephen Crainey .40

Colin Boylan for Mark Robertson (65)
Chris Coyne for Colin Boylan (78)
Steven Robb for Alessandro Romano (89)
Stiliyan Petrov for Lubomír Moravcik (57)
John Hartson for Chris Sutton (72)
Shaun Maloney for Neil Lennon (79)

Marcello Marrocco (32)
Alessandro Romano (58)
Walter Del Rio (68)
Walter Del Rio (75)
Alan Thompson (45)
Joos Valgaeren (89)

Red Cards
Walter Del Rio (75)
Match Officials

Alan Freeland (Referee)
Joe McDowall & Roddy Cobb (Assistants)
Brian McGarry (Fourth Official)

Match Report

Martin O'Neil will be first to admit Dundee's lively Latins provided a genuine dress rehearsal ahead of Celtic's Champions League opener in Turin on Tuesday.

Sure, the Scottish Champions won well in the end. But the scoreline was rather misleading.

If the Dens Park side had not demonstrated the flaws in the Southern European/South American temperament Celtic would have been hard pushed to win all three points.

In the first half especially, Dundee looked the better side by far and were unlucky to go in one down after Celtic scored in injury time.

However, with the three opening goals emanating from rashly conceded free-kicks, added to Walter del Rio being sent off 20 minutes from the end, the home side have only themselves to blame for losing so heavily in the end.

Full marks to Celtic, though, for displaying a ruthless streak without ever attaining their best form.

At the end of the day, they were afforded the luxury of being able to use 14 players without any injury scare in the knowledge they can play far better.

Just as most observers were agreed that Celtic would be fortunate to go in at half-time on level terms, the visitors took the lead deep in time added on.

Previously, Rab Douglas pulled off good saves from Nemsadze, Robertson and Rae.

Then, Marrocco conceded a needless foul on Sutton, Moravcik floated in a delightful free-kick from the right and Henrik Larsson timed his leap perfectly to out-jump everyone and head-glance the ball in at the far post.

Larsson's talented head put Celtic further ahead after Dundee had conceded another avoidable free-kick which led to a corner on the right.

From Thompson's in-swinging flag-kick, the Swede again got to the ball first to move Celtic towards Easy Street.

This was most definitely reached 20 minutes from the end when Stan Petrov crashed a 35-yard shot into Langfield's top-left corner, following a short free-kick from Larsson.

Then just before the end, teenager Shaun Maloney raced through on a Paul Lambert lay-off to stroke the ball into the net. By this time, del Rio was most probably in and out of the bath following his second yellow card for a second desperate challenge on Larsson.

Obviously, it's difficult to criticise Celtic after a 4-0 win at Dens Park.

However, they know they can't afford to allow Juventus to dictate Tuesday's game the way Dundee did in the first half. Douglas, Lambert and Larsson were their top performers here.

Yet again, Dundee entertained but failed to deliver. They certainly should have been ahead before Celtic scored but, in the end, they lost their discipline which proved fatal.

Romano and Nemsadze were Dundee's best. Apart from del Rio there were also yellow cards for Marrocco, Romano, Thompson and Valgaern.

Match report written by The Sunday Post

Squad Statistics (as at September 15th, 2001)

2001-02 All Time
Jamie Langfield (GK)21 9 - 23 -
Walter Del Rio25 8 - 17 -
Zurab Khizanishvili19 7 - 13 -
Marcello Marrocco32 8 - 37 -
Barry Smith27 9 - 2301
Beto Garrido - 7 - 17 -
Giorgi Nemsadze29 71483
Gavin Rae23 9115113
Mark Robertson24 6 - 11 -
Alessandro Romano31 9 - 28 -
Steven Milne21 91355
Chris Coyne (sub)22 4 - 28 -
Steven Robb (sub)19 1 - 1 -
Colin Boylan (sub) - 1 - 1 -

League Table (as at September 15th, 2001)

No league table has been added for this season.

Manager's Programme Notes

Personally, I believe we should stop everything for one week and think about what is going on in the world. If these things can happen in America's biggest cities then they can happen absolutely anywhere.

I have found it hard to concentrate on work and I am not sure we should carry on as normal. If it were up to me, every single appointment over the next few days would be cancelled. And one knock on effect of this week's dreadful events the States, is that negotiations to bring new players to the Club have been hindered with the problem in contacting other countries amidst all the turmoil, making neas impossible to bring anyone in before

However, whilst the European ties on Wednesday and Thursday were called off, it has been decided that football in this country should go ahead as planned.

this evening's match against Celtic. Whilst, I am happy with the players! have. I think last Saturday against St Johnston showed that we do need more options.

For example, we were without Beta Carina because of his suspension, and we did not have his kind of creative player to come in and that was a problem in that kind of game where we made the mistake of not scoring more goals when we were top, thus failing killing off the opposition

Up until the penalty award, however, I didn't think there was any problem for us.

But having said that our finishing was only one of a few things with which I was not happy.

We have to do better. If we do that then we will eliminate all the other problems you can have on the pitch And for the visit of Celtic this evening, with no new faces, we do have quite a few problems.

In addition to again being without Beta Carina due to his suspension, Juan Sara is almost certain to miss out after heading to Italy to have the injury he picked up at Ibrox checked out

Adding to our woes, there was a doubt about Fabians Caballero who picked up an injury in training this week. None-the-less, we always look

forward to a good game against Celtic. The big crowds these games attract help lift the players and whilst, I don't have as big a squad available as I would like, we still have the players who are capable of producing the quality of football required against a team of Celtic's calibre and hopefully after being so unlucky in the corresponding fixture last season we can reverse that result in our favour this time.