There is a break from league action this week as Dundee welcome Celtic in the William Hill Scottish Cup Fifth round on Saturday morning, kick off 12.30pm.
Celtic come into the match on the back of victory in the Old Firm League Cup Semi final last weekend, while Paul Hartley’s men are high on confidence and currently on a six match unbeaten run.
The clubs last met in the Scottish Cup in 2009 at Celtic Park. Colin McMenamin gave Dundee the lead but goals from Scott Brown and Aiden McGeady were enough to take the Glasgow side through.
Every team left in the competition will fancy their chances of going all the way to the showpiece final in May due to only six Premiership sides being left in the tournament.
Manager Paul Hartley who celebrated his one year in charge of the club on Thursday confirmed he will be without a few of his squad on Saturday, “Harkins is out, Thomson is a doubt, Paul McGinn is back in the squad. Alex Harris and Paul Heffernan are both cup tied.”
“I don’t think the pressure is on us on Saturday, Celtic are the favourites but I think in the games against them we’ve ran them close, we’ve given them two good games.”
“We’ll give ourselves a chance on Saturday, we’ll set a team out to be as attack minded as possible. “
“If you are going to win the cup you have to win these games, there is never an easy game that comes along.”
Dundee vs. Celtic
William Hill Scottish Cup
7th February 2015
Kick off 12.30pm
Pre Match we will have entertainment from the MacKenzie Caledonian Pipe Band. Based in the city of Dundee.??The original band was found in 1918 and in 1958 the MacKenzie amalgamated with the Caledonian band to form the MacKenzie Caledonian Pipe Band.
In 2014, the bands have appeared at contests across the UK, and performed at events in Dundee, Gleneagles Hotel, Edinburgh Castle, Stirling Castle, and in August were accorded the honour of leading the Athletes Parade in Glasgow following the Commonwealth Games.
Please come along early to Dens on Saturday to enjoy the band before kick off.
Supporters of both Clubs’ entering the stadium will be subject of random searches in an effort to reduce the introduction of pyrotechnics into the ground.
Celtic fans travelling to the game are urged not to take flares or any other pyrotechnics into the ground.
Smoke set off in a football stadium is not safe and may adversely affect persons who suffer from breathing disorders. In recent events flares have also inadvertently caused seats to burn and may obviously have serious consequences if flags are ignited.
Police are rightly treating this issue very seriously and any persons caught with flares in the ground or attempting to bring them into the stadium will be arrested
Both Dundee Football Club and Celtic Football Club views the introduction of smoke to any ground as unsafe, this is a very serious health and safety matter and any persons identified as responsible may be subject to Club sanctions.
Supporters of both sets of fans who are under the influence of alcohol will not be permitted access to the ground. Supporters buses travelling to Dens Park may be subject to search.
There is still time for you to pick up your tickets for this Saturday’s William Hill Scottish Cup Fifth round match against Celtic at Dens Park, kick off 12.30pm.
The magic of the cup was alive at Dens in November when Dundee made their way past Aberdeen with a last minute winner from David Clarkson. With only six Premiership sides left in the competition, every club still in will be dreaming of the Hampden final in May.
Fans are reminded that this is an all ticket match. 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 seats in a particular area.
Tickets will be available for collection on the morning of the match from the ticket office.
Prices for this match are –
Adults £25, Concessions £15 (over 65, Under 16 or Students)
There are a limited number of Under 12 tickets available in the Bobby Cox Stand at £10
Ticket Office opening hours –
Monday to Friday – 10am till 5pm
Saturday for pick up of tickets from 9am
OUR ONLINE COVERAGE
Dundee FC Live will be brought to you direct from the club’s official website – www.dundeefc.co.uk/live
Fans outwith the UK will be able to tune in for only £5 to watch the action live.
We’ll also have live text updates to keep you up to date direct from Dens.