Celtic – Preview

Dundee take on Celtic on Boxing Day in Ladbrokes Premiership and here we round up everything you need to know ahead of the match.

Match Info

FIXTURE: Dundee v Celtic

COMPETITION: Ladbrokes Premiership

DATE: Tuesday 26th December 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,

2016/17

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, 2017

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 ATTENDANCE: 83,500 v Rangers, 1/1/1938, Division One

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 24 National Express Dundee bus service, both of which can be boarded at the Albert Square. Boxing Day is a Sunday service so please check www.nxbus.co.uk/dundee/information/useful-information/christmas-service-levels-2018 for detail.

For a taxi to the ground, call Tay Taxis on 01382 450450

Match Officials

REFEREE: Kevin Clancy

ASSISTANT REFEREE: Gary Hilland

ASSISTANT REFEREE: Joseph Lawson

Kevin Clancy has been a referee since 2000. He was admitted to SFA Senior List in June 2005 and got promoted to Scotlands Category 1 in June 2009. In 2012 he started his international career as a UEFA category 3 official.

The Dundee v Celtic match will be Clancy’s third Dundee match this season having taken charge of the Betfred Cup group stage derby against Championship Dundee United and the recent win over Rangers last month.

Head to Head v Celtic

LEAGUE: Won 43, Drawn 48, Lost 142

SCOTTISH CUP: Won 1, Drawn 4, Lost 17

LEAGUE CUP: Won 7, Drawn 2, Lost 13

TOTALS: Won 51, Drawn 54, Lost 172

Last Five Dundee v Celtic Meetings

14/10/2017 | Away | Premiership | Lost 1-0 | 57,610

20/9/2017 | Home | League Cup | Lost 4-0 | 6,917

19/3/2017 | Home | Premiership | Lost 2-1 | 8,968 | El Bahktaoui

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

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

Last Meeting

The nervous whistling for the final whistle from Celtic supporters told the story of the 1-0 defeat for the Dee at Parkhead last October. Olivier Ntcham scored the only goal after an hour but it was Doors De Vries who then won the match for Celtic with three outstanding saves to break Dark Blue hearts.

Celtic: De Vries, Gamboa (Ajer 79), Biton, Boyata, Tierney, Kouassi (Henderson 66), McGregor, Ntcham, Roberts, Griffiths (Dembele 74), Sinclair

Unused subs: Hazard (gk), Edouard, Forrest, Miller.

Goal: Ntcham (60).

Dundee FC: Bain, Hendry (Curran 70), Meekings, O’Dea, O’Hara, Kamara, McGowan (El Bakhtaoui 83), Spence, Holt, Deacon, Leitch-Smith (Moussa 59)

Unused subs: Parish (gk), Kerr, Wolters, Waddell.

Booked: O’Dea, (foul on Roberts), Spence (foul on Roberts), Holt (foul on Roberts).

Attendance: 57,610.

Referee: Andrew Dallas. Assistants: Dougie Potter, Graham McNeillie. Fourth official: Scott Millar.

Celtic’s Season So Far

Celtic’s imperious domestic form has continued into this season as Dundee will visit Parkhead with The Hoops now undefeated in 58 games in all Scottish competitions

They started their league campaign with a 4-1 win at home to Hearts and followed that up with a 5-0 victory against Kilmarnock at Celtic Park in the League Cup 2nd round which set up the Dundee tie on Wednesday.

Celtic raced to the top of the Premiership having won at Partick, Kilmarnock and Hamilton and drawn with St Johnstone 1-1 at home; the last Scottish team to have beaten them almost a year ago.

Celtic’s season actually started on July 14th when the entered the second qualifying round of the Champions League and dispatched Linfield 2-0 in Belfast and 4-0 back in Glasgow.

Celtic’s early season aim was the qualifying for the group stages and they did that after a 1-0 aggregate win over Rosenburg and an 8-4 aggregate win over Astana but not after a little scare in Kazakhstan in the second leg where they lost 4-3, having been 4-1 behind; their first defeat in any competition since losing 2-0 to Barcelona in November 2016.

Celtic’s opening match of the Champions League saw a star studded Paris St Germain side leave Parkhead with a 5-0 win but Celtic bounced back domestically with a comfortable 4-0 home win over Ross County.

However in their next Champions League group match, Celtic turned in a superb performance in Belgium to win 3-0 at Anderlecht, echoing Dundee’s 4-1 over Anderlecht 55 years ago.

Celtic returned from Brussels to face Hibernian and Neil Lennon at Parkhead and had to come from behind to draw 2-2 before defeating Dundee 1-0 at home.

Back to back Champions League defeats to Bayern Munich were countered domestically with a crucial Premiership over Aberdeen and a Betfred Cup semi-final victory over Hibs and they would go on to defeat Motherwell 2-0 in the final in November to lift the trophy for the second successive year.

Despite being hammered by Paris St Germain the French capital and losing to Anderlecht in Glasgow, Celtic still finished third in their Champions League group to qualify for the Europa League where they have drawn Zenit St Petersburg.

Celtic stretched their unbeaten domestic record to 69 games and finally succumbed to defeat when Hearts won 4-0 at Tynecastle earlier this month. However The Hoops bounced back three days later with a 2-0 win over Partick Thistle and followed this up with a 3-0 win over nearest challengers Aberdeen to give themselves a eight point lead at the top of the table.

Top Scorers

DUNDEE: Moussa 8; El Bahktaoui, O’Hara 5; Leitch-Smith 4; Hendry, Waddell, McGowan 2

CELTIC: Forrest, Sinclair 9; Dembele, Griffiths 7; McGregor 6; Ntcham 5; Edouard 4

Ticketing Information

Fans are reminded that the Celtic match will be all ticket tickets are now on sale. Home fans are reminded that to be able to buy for this Category A match you would need to have accumulated a number of points by buying tickets for a Category B match

A limited number of tickets for the AWAY end are also on sale. These tickets are available only for locally based Celtic fans. Fans should be aware that proof of identity and address will be required to purchase these tickets.

AWAY tickets are priced at £26 each and are limited to 2 per person and are only available in person at the ticket office at Dens Park.

Prices for this match are £26 (adults) and £19 concessions (Over 65 or Students with valid student photo ID), Juveniles under 18 are £12

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

Adult and one child under 12 £31

Two adults and two children under 12 £57

With additional children under 12 at £ 5

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

Home tickets can be bought at the ticket office, in person or by phone, or via 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.

The ticket office is open on Christmas Eve from 11am-4pm

Match Programme

Dundee’s 2017/18 match programme The Dee will be available to buy at the Hamilton game in and around the ground and in the club shop. It is a full, colour 52 page edition packed with news, views, features and exclusive interviews which this week include:

A message from manager Neil McCann

A message from managing-director John Nelms

This Week in History

DFC in the Community update

The regular series of articles looking at the players who have worn the different squad numbers over the years featuring this week number 32

A feature on DFC festive fixtures over the years

Where are they now?

Profile on visitors Partick Thistle

Junior Dees News

Classic Match

Dundee Supporters Association news


The Dee, produced by our partners Curtis Sports will be available on Saturday for just £3 and can also be ordered on the Curtis Sport website

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 Tuesday while a shorter highlights package will be available to view the following day alongside exclusive post match interviews with the manager and players.

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

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