Celtic – Preview

Dundee host Celtic in the Ladbrokes Premiership on Sunday at Dens Park and here we round up everything you need to know ahead of the match.

Match Info

FIXTURE: Dundee V Celtic

COMPETITION: Ladbrokes Premiership

DATE: Sunday 19th March 2017

KICK-OFF: 12.30pm

VENUE: Dens Park

Opposition Info

FORMED: 1888

STADIUM: Celtic Park

CAPACITY: 60,411

PITCH SIZE: 105m x 68m

MANAGER: Brendan Rodgers

CHAIRMAN: Ian Bankier

NICKNAMES: The Bhoys, The Hoops, The Celts

MASCOTS: Hoopy the Huddle Hound

CLUB COLOURS: Green and White

HONOURS: UEFA European Cup winners: 1966/67

Scottish League Division One (1st tier) champions: 1892/93,

1893/94, 1895/96, 1897/98, 1904/05, 1905/06, 1906/07, 1907/08,

1908/09, 1909/10, 1913/14, 1914/15, 1915/16, 1916/17, 1918/19,

1921/22, 1925/26, 1935/36, 1937/38, 1953/54, 1965/66, 1966/67,

1967/68, 1968/69, 1969/70, 1970/71, 1971/72, 1972/73, 1973/74

Scottish League Premier Division (1st tier) champions: 1976/77,

1978/79, 1980/81, 1981/82, 1985/86, 1987/88, 1997/98

Scottish Premier League (1st tier) champions: 2000/01, 2001/02,

2003/04, 2005/06, 2006/07, 2007/08, 2011/12, 2012/13

SPFL Premiership (1st tier) champions: 2013/14, 2014/15, 2015/16

Scottish Cup winners: 1892, 1899, 1900, 1904, 1907, 1908, 1911,

1912, 1914, 1923, 1925, 1927, 1931, 1933, 1937, 1951, 1954,

1965, 1967, 1969, 1971, 1972, 1974, 1975, 1977, 1980, 1985,

1988, 1989, 1995, 2001, 2004, 2005, 2007, 2011, 2013

League Cup winners: 1956/57, 1957/58, 1965/66, 1966/67,

1967/68, 1968/69, 1969/70, 1974/75, 1982/83, 1997/98,

1999/2000, 2000/01, 2005/06, 2008/09, 2014/15, 2016/17

RECORD WIN: 11-0 v Dundee, Scottish League Division One, 26/10/1895

CLUB WEBSITE: www.celticfc.net

Getting to the Ground

The full address of Dens Park for Sat-Nav is Dens Park, Sandeman Street, Dundee, DD3 7JY

The city centre of Dundee can be reached easily by both road & rail. From Dundee City Centre you can use the no 1A or no 18 National Express Dundee bus service. For a taxi to the ground, call Tay Taxis on 01382450450.

Head to Head v Celtic

LEAGUE: Won 43, Drawn 48, Lost 140

SCOTTISH CUP: Won 1, Drawn 4, Lost 17

LEAGUE CUP: Won 7, Drawn 2, Lost 12

TOTALS: Won 51, Drawn 54, Lost 169

Last Five Dundee v Celtic Meetings

17/12/2016 | Away | Premiership | Lost 2-1 | 37,404 | Haber

1/10/2016 | Home | Premiership | Lost 1-0 | 8,827

5/4/2016 | Home | Premiership | Drew 0-0 | 9,566

2/3/2016 | Away | Premiership | Drew 0-0 | 41,451

20/9/2015 | Away | Premiership | Lost 6-0 | 48,588

Match Officials

The referee for Sunday’s game is Willie Collum. Assistant Referees are Douglas Ross and Frank Connor. Fourth Official is Colin Steven

Last Meeting

Dundee pushed Celtic all the way before going down 2-1 in Glasgow last December. Leigh Griffiths deservedly put Celtic ahead in first half injury time with a superb free kick and Nir Bitton made it two early in the second half. The match looked beyond the Dee but after Marcus Haber pulled a goal back, Dundee might have snatched a point in the last half hour during which they matched Celtic.

Celtic: Gordon, Gamboa, Simunovic, Sviatchenko, Izaguirre, Bitton, Armstrong (c), Mackay-Steven (Sinclair 67), Rogic (McGregor, half time), Christie, Griffiths (Dembele 78)

Unused subs: de Vries (gk), Touré, Lustig, Roberts.

Goals: Griffiths (45+2), Bitton (56).

Booked: Simunovic (foul on O’Hara)

Dundee FC: Bain, Kerr, Gomis, Gadzhalov, O’Dea (c), Holt, Wighton, Hateley (El Bakhtaoui 86), Vincent, Williams (O’Hara 63), Haber

Unused subs: Mitchell (gk), Loy, Etxabeguren, Ross, Curran.

Goal: Haber (68).

Booked: O’Dea (foul on Rogic).

Attendance: 37,404

Referee: Bobby Madden. Assistants: Kylie McMullan, Gary Hilland. 4th official: Gavin Ross

Celtic’s Season So Far

Celtic’s form domestically this season has been imperious as they are unbeaten having dropped just four points in two draws, sitting 25 points clear at top of the Premiership, a place booked in the Scottish Cup semi-final and the League Cup already in the bag.

The Betfred Cup was won in style in November with a comfortable 3-0 win over nearest league challengers Aberdeen in the final at Hampden after they had enjoyed knocking Old Firm rivals Rangers out in the semis who they had already thumped them 5-1 at Celtic Park in the Premiership in September.

In Europe, Celtic’s season started with embarrassment when they lost to Gibraltar part-time minnows Lincoln Red Imps in the first qualifying round but as new manager Brendan Rodgers found his feet, they won the second leg 3-0 at Celtic Park and won through another two qualifying rounds to qualify for the group stages.

Drawn against old foes Barcelona, Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City and Bundesliga side Borussia Monchengladbach, Celtic competed well after a disastrous 7-0 defeat in the Nou Camp in the opening game but restored their pride with two credible draws with Man City and one with Borussia in Germany, a match they should have won.

Since being knocked out of Europe, Brendan Rodgers has his sights fixed on a domestic treble and having not beaten Celtic at home since 1988, Dundee face a tough task if they are going to take anything on Sunday.

Since the winter break Celtic have won all ten of their 11 matches, drawing the other against Rangers last weekend and this has included three Scottish Cup victories which has set up an Old Firm semi-final for the second domestic cup competition in a row. With the Premiership title virtually assured, the Scottish Cup will take on extra significance as they look to complete a domestic treble for the first time since 2000/01.

Celtic will also be looking to finish the season unbeaten in the league, something not achieved in the Scottish top flight since Rangers did it in 1899 over 18 games so can Dundee be the first team to stop them?

Top Scorers

DUNDEE: Haber, Stewart 6; O’Hara, McGowan, Loy 4; O’Hara, O’Dea, Hemmings 3

CELTIC: Dembele 22; Sinclair 12; Armstrong 10; Rogic 9; Griffths 7; Forest 6

Ticketing Information

FANS ARE REMINDED THAT THIS MATCH IS ALL TICKET

The Celtic allocation is sold out and there is a limited number of home tickets available priced as follows:

£25 (adults) and £18 concessions (Over 65 or Students with valid student photo ID), Juveniles under 16 are £15

Family Area Priced tickets available in the Bobby Cox Stand Rows A – Y, Seats 1 – 47 with prices as follows:

Adult and one child under 12 £30

Two adults and two children under 12 £55

With additional children under 12 at £ 5

Children under 16 in the family area are £ 12

Under 12 and Under 16 tickets can only be bought as part of a family group

Tickets will be available at the ticket office, in person or by phone, and on the website at www.dundeefc.co.uk then click on “TICKETS” where you will be able not only to choose your seat but check on the view from seats in a particular area.

In order to maintain strict segregation within the Stadium the Club would like to advise supporters that there will be no sale of tickets on the morning of the match. Supporters are advised to purchase their tickets as soon as possible to avoid any disappointment.

You will only be able to purchase tickets for this match if you have an existing account.

Match Programme

Dundee’s 2016/17 match programme The Dee will be available to buy in and around the ground and in the club shop. It is a full, colour 52 page edition packed with news, views and features which this week include:

  • A message from manager Paul Hartley
  • A message from managing-director John Nelms
  • A message from captain James McPake
  • A tribute to Dundee’s 1973 League Cup winning captain who passed away recently
  • This Week in History
  • The regular series of article looking at the players who have worn the different squad numbers over the years, this week number 16
  • Profile on visitors Celtic
  • Junior Dees News
  • Dundee Supporters Association news

    The Dee, produced by our partners Curtis Sports will be available on Saturday for just £3.

How To Watch

Fans from outside of the UK who are virtual season tickets will be able to watch the Celtic match live on DEETV or alternatively they can view it for just £5.

The full ninety minutes of the match will be available to every subscriber of DEETV on Sunday evening while a shorter highlights package will be available to view on Monday alongside exclusive post match interviews with the manager and players.

The pre-match press conference is also available to view on DEETV from Thursday.

You can sign up for DEETV for just £5 a month on the official website where you will have access to Highlights, Interviews and all the Dundee FC goals at the click of the button.