Celtic 7
Dundee 1
League (Premiership)


7 - 1


League (Premiership)
Wednesday, February 28th, 2024
Attendance: 58,772
7:45 PM Kick-off

Cameron Carter-Vickers (7)
Adam Idah (18)
Matt O'Riley (22)
Daizen Maeda (3')
Greg Taylor (36)
Callum McGregor (45'+7')
Daniel Kelly (63)
Michael Mellon (84)

Team Managers
Brendan Rodgers Tony Docherty

Starting Eleven
1. Joe Hart
5. Liam Scales
3. Greg Taylor
20. Cameron Carter-Vickers
3. Greg Taylor
2. Alistair Johnston
24..Tomoki Iwata
42. Callum McGregor
33. Matt O'Riley
8. Kyogo Furuhashi
13. Yang Hyun-Jun
Trevor Carson .31
Joe Shaughnessy .5
Owen Beck .3
Antonio Portales .29
Ricki Lamie .12
Jordan McGhee .6
Malachi Boateng .23
Finlay Robertson .19
Curtis Main .8
Luke McCowan .17
Amadou Bakayoko .9

29. Scott Bain
10. Nicolas Gerrit Kühn
28. Paulo Bernardo
39. Rocco Vata
57. Stephen Welsh
48. Daniel Kelly
56. Anthony Ralston
8. Kyogo Furuhashi
7. Luis Palma
Jon McCracken .22
Aaron Donnelly .25
Ryan Astley .4
Owen Dodgson .3
Josh Mulligan .15
Lyall Cameron .10
Mo Sylla .28
Scott Tiffoney .7
Michael Mellon .26

Daniel Kelly for Callum McGregor (46)
Stephen Welsh for Cameron Carter-Vickers (59)
Anthony Ralston for Greg Taylor (60)
Kyogo Furuhashi for Adam Idah (60)
Luis Palma for Yang Hyun-Jun (75)
Mo Sylla for Malachi Boateng (46)
Aaron Donnelly for Joe Shaughnessy (46)
Josh Mulligan for Jordan McGhee (46)
Lyall Cameron for Amadou Bakayoko (64)
Michael Mellon for Curtis Main (64)

Adam Idah (38)
Daizen Maeda (48)
Finlay Robertson (45)
Finlay Robertson (76)

Red Cards
None. Finlay Robertson (76)

Match Officials

Matthew Macdermid (Referee)
Sean Carr & Graham McNeillie (Assistants)
Ross Hardie (Fourth Official)

Photography by David Young

Match Report

Dundee were thrashed 7-1 by Celtic in Glasgow tonight. The Hoops blew the Dark Blues away in a blistering first half and led 6-0 at half time with goals from Cameron Carter-Vickers, Adam Idah, Matt O’Riley, Daizen Maeda, Greg Taylor and Callum McGregor. Daniel Kelly made it seven midway through the second half. Substitute Michael Mellon gave the Dee a late consolation goal, but this was a match dominated by a ruthless Celtic from start to finish.

Tony Docherty talked about freshening up the Dee team and he duly made five changes to the starting eleven following Saturday’s defeat at Hibs. Antonio Portales, Ricki Lamie came into the defence after long spells out through injury. Fin Robertson and Malachi Boateng came into the midfield, and Curtis Main started in attack. They replaced Aaron Donnelly, Lyall Cameron, Mo Sylla, Scott Tiffoney and Dara Costelloe.

Dundee forced Joe Hart to make a decent save from Jordan McGhee’s fierce angled shot within 30 seconds. From the corner the ball broke to Owen Beck who flashed a shot across goal and narrowly wide. The bright start might have kidded the Dark Blues that they could attack Celtic with impunity. That was swiftly revealed to be completely unrealistic.

Owen Beck was caught out by Yang and fouled the South Korean winger. Matt O’Riley sent over a simple, but perfectly executed free kick and Cameron CARTER-VICKERS crashed home a header at the far post. Seven minutes gone, and Celtic not only had the lead but had been given a massive boost. The crowd and team fed off each other and the Dee were on the rack. Celtic never offered them any relief.

18 minutes and Alistair Johnston was sent to the byline on the right. His cross to the far post allowed Adam IDAH to smack a powerful header past Trevor Carson.

22 minutes and Celtic scored another horribly simple goal from a cross. This time it was Greg Taylor who crossed from the left and O’RILEY had an easy chance to make it 3-0 with a diving header.

30 minutes. Daizen MAIDA had time and space to take O’Riley’s pass and score with a curling shot across Carson.

36 minutes. A cross from the right skipped off the top of Ricki Lamie’s head and took out the defenders behind him. Greg TAYLOR was left with an easy chance to knock in number 5 at the far post.

As the clocked ticked past 45 minutes Dundee provided the fans with a moment of relief from misery when Curtis Main ran onto Amadou Bakayoko’s header, bullied his way past John Scales and netted. That fleeting moment of enjoyment was immediately curtailed. With the ball already on the centre spot a VAR review ruled out the goal for offside.

Celtic responded by helping themselves to a sixth goal in added time. They played their way calmly through the Dee defence until Callum McGREGOR scored from 12 yards.

Dundee made three changes at half time. Aaron Donnelly, Josh Mulligan and Mo Sylla came on for Joe Shaughnessy, Jordan McGhee and Malachi Boateng. Luke McCowan moved to play at right wing back in the second half.

With the result long settled there was marginally less intensity about Celtic’s attacking early in the second half. Dundee held out until the 63rd minute. Yang pulled a low cross back from the byline and young substitute Daniel Kelly shot into the top corner from 16 yards.

Celtic looked like scoring with every attack as Dundee lacked any out ball, any way of relieving the pressure. Michael Mellon and Lyall Cameron replaced Amadou Bakayoko and Curtis Main.

The pattern of the game remained unchanged. Luis Palma hit the angle of bar and post with a curling shot.

Fin Robertson then picked up a second yellow card and was sent off. The 10 men stuck to their task and managed to prevent any further damage.

Finally, after 84 minutes the Dark Blues got a consolation goal. It might have been a goal of little importance, but it was neatly crafted and finely executed. A neat passing move ended with Aaron Donnelly crossing for Michael MELLON to thrash a fierce volley past Hart.

Dundee managed to hang on without further damage, although Carson made a good close range save from Kyogo.

Dundee were thrashed and struggled throughout to contain Celtic’s constant attacking tonight. In the first half the defence folded every few minutes in a 45 minutes that was one of the worst from the Dee in many years. The game was finished long before half time. The interminable second half was simply a matter of damage limitation. The scoreline tells everything about the game.

Match report written by James Christie - Official Dundee website

Squad Statistics (as at February 28th, 2024)

2023-24 All Time
Trevor Carson (GK)35 25 - 25 -
Jordan McGhee27 28315714
Ricki Lamie30 151151
Antonio Portales27 13 - 13 -
Owen Beck21 272272
Joe Shaughnessy30 324324
Finlay Robertson21 12 - 643
Malachi Boateng21 29 - 29 -
Amadou Bakayoko28 295295
Luke McCowan26 30610621
Curtis Main31 7 - 7 -
Aaron Donnelly (sub)20 12 - 12 -
Josh Mulligan (sub)21 181776
Lyall Cameron (sub)21 2646818
Mo Sylla (sub)30 15 - 15 -
Michael Mellon (sub)20 6262

League Table (as at February 28th, 2024)

Pld W D L +/- Pts
1. Rangers 28 23 1 4 +49 70
2. Celtic 28 21 5 2 +48 68
3. Hearts 28 16 4 8 +8 52
4. Kilmarnock 28 10 10 8 +3 40
5. St Mirren 28 11 6 11 +1 39
6. Dundee 27 8 8 11 -11 32
7. Hibernian 27 7 10 10 -9 31
8. Motherwell 28 6 11 11 -6 29
9. Aberdeen 27 6 9 12 -14 27
10. St Johnstone 28 6 9 13 -18 27
11. Ross County 27 5 8 14 -22 23
12. Livingston 28 3 7 18 -29 16