Celtic 6
Dundee 2
League (Premier League)


6 - 2


League (Premier League)
Wednesday, May 14th, 2003
Celtic Park
Attendance: 57,017
7:45 PM Kick-off

Henrik Larsson (12)
Alan Thompson (27)
Alan Thompson (30)
Shaun Maloney (52)
Shaun Maloney (63)
Johan Mjällby (77)
Barry Smith (26)
Lee Mair (90)

Team Managers
Martin O'Neill Jim Duffy

Starting Eleven
26. Javier Sanchez Broto
35. Johan Mjallby
6. Bobo Balde
5. Joos Valgaeren
14. Paul Lambert
18. Neil Lennon
19. Stilian Petrov
8. Alan Thompson
17. Didier Agathe
7. Henrik Larsson
29. Shaun Maloney
Julian Speroni .12
Jonay Hernández .16
Zurab Khizanishvili .13
David Mackay .3
Lee Mair .19
Barry Smith .2
Lee Wilkie .6
Gavin Rae .8
Mark Burchill .18
Steven Milne .15
Nacho Novo .17

20. Robert Douglas
4. Jackie McNamara
40. Stephen Crainey
12. David Fernandez
39. Jamie Smith
Jamie Langfield .1
Garry Brady .26
Beto Carranza .5
Giorgi Nemsadze .10
Barry Forbes .20

Jamie Smith for Shaun Maloney (82) Barry Forbes for Zurab Khizanishvili (55)
Garry Brady for Lee Wilkie (69)
Beto Carranza for Mark Burchill (72)

Alan Thompson (37) None.

Red Cards
None. None.

Match Officials

Tom Brown (Referee)

Match Report

Continual Celtic pressure took its toll as Dundee went down to a heavy defeat. Early on Dundee did well to level after goal machine Henrik Larsson had scored his 42nd of the season, but Dundee failed to keep that equality for long and a double from Thomson set Celtic up for a goal feast. At times in the second-half. Dundee were in disarray, falling five goals behind.

However, a last minute counter from Lee Mair left the Celtic fans stunned, so much so, that they looked like a support who had seen their team lose rather than having just won by four goals.

Gavin Rae returned to the Dundee midfield, but Steve Lovell and Fabian Caballero were missing up front through injury. There was a shock for the support with Georgi Nemsadze on the bench and Zura Khizanishvili playing in his countryman's usual midfield position.

The thirteenth minute was unlucky for Dundee because Larsson raced onto Thomson's lob to beat the offside trap and round Speroni and net the opener.

Petrov came close for Celtic six minutes later rattling a header off the bar only for the linesman to, wrongly, flag for offside.

However, Dundee equalised from a most unlikely source. Novo picked up a loose ball wide on the right, nutmegged Valgaeren and slid a cut back into the path of Barry Smith. The captain who had previously only scored once in his long Dens Park career slotted home a low shot to silence the crowd.

This wasn't part of Celtic's Championship script, but just a minute later Celtic were back on course. Larsson headed Mjallby's high cross back across goal and Thomson threw himself in front of Mair to net a header from six yards On the half hour things deteriorated as Agathe went past Hernandez and fired in a fine cross which got the slightest contact from Maloney and Mair at the front post before Thomson finally finished from six yards.

Speroni hadn't had a save to make but had picked the ball from his net three times, but he was called into action after 33 minutes as Petrov squirmed into the box and hit a low shot which the keeper held comfortably.

Celtic came close to extending their lead in 51 minutes when Petrov met a Thomson corner on the volley with his effort searing just a foot over. Two minutes later Celtic did stretch their lead and it was a disaster for Lee Wilkie who tried to turn Maloney, but only succeeded in knocking the ball off him, leaving the youngster with a clear sight of goal, which he didn't waste.

Another defensive error brought Celtic a fifth. Dave Mackay was caught in possession by Thomson who fed Maloney and he finished stylishly. For all Celtic's pressure they didn't make that many chances, but Dundee were creating even less, though the Dees did have a clear-cut opportunity with seventeen minutes to go, when Milne set Novo free and he raced in on goal, drew the keeper, but fired wide.

Celtic managed one more goal when Agathe's cross was headed back across goal by Balde and Mjallby had acres of space to net from close range.

Dundee were now finding space as Celtic eased off and Novo had another wonderful chance, but the little Spaniard sliced his effort well wide with the goal at his mercy.

The home support were in party mood, but a stupid foul by Mjallby on Forbes. who'd over run the ball, saw Dundee stifle the revellers. A quick set-piece was followed by Hernandez whipping in a cross from which Lee Mair headed home from close range with virtually the last touch of the match. It mattered not to this result, but helped cost Celtic the title.

Match report written by Dundee Matchday Programme

Squad Statistics (as at May 14th, 2003)

2002-03 All Time
Julian Speroni (GK)23 44 - 65 -
Jonay Hernández24 351351
Zurab Khizanishvili21 24 - 50 -
David Mackay22 421602
Lee Mair22 321321
Barry Smith29 4113082
Lee Wilkie23 412893
Gavin Rae25 41522523
Mark Burchill22 133133
Steven Milne23 3269417
Nacho Novo24 419419
Beto Carranza (sub)30 4 - 614
Garry Brady (sub)26 311311
Barry Forbes (sub) - 4 - 10 -

League Table (as at May 14th, 2003)

No league table has been added for this season.