Dundee 0-1 Celtic: Bhoys move 10 points clear of Rangers as Odsonne Edouard scores last-gasp winner

17 Mar

Odsonne Edouard scored a dramatic stoppage-time winner at Dundee to fire Celtic 10 points clear of Rangers at the top of the Scottish Premiership.

The visitors had much the better of the goalless first half and continued to swarm around the Taysiders’ goal after the break but the second-bottom side were holding them at bay.

But deep into six minutes of added time Edouard converted a James Forrest cut-back to secure a 1-0 win and spark wild scenes of delight from those in green and white.

The champions remain undefeated domestically this year and the next of their eight remaining league games after the international break is against Rangers at Parkhead.

Victory there would go a long way to securing an eighth successive title, but interim manager Neil Lennon will be looking for more of a cutting edge from his players.

Jim McIntyre’s Dundee may feel hard done by after some heroic defending but they remain one point above bottom side St Mirren.

Following three straight defeats, McIntyre gave loanee John O’Sullivan his first Dundee start with Genseric Kusunga also coming into the side.

Callum McGregor, Mikael Lustig, Mikey Johnston and Edouard were reinstated into a visiting team which started with impressive purpose, notwithstanding an early curling effort from Dundee’s Ethan Robson which cleared the crossbar.

The visitors took over and Kieran Tierney, McGregor, twice, Forrest and Scott Sinclair all had efforts on goal of various quality.

After 17 minutes Celtic had a penalty claim when Sinclair went to the ground inside the Dundee box after a challenge by James Horsfield, but referee Bobby Madden waved play on.

Dundee goalkeeper Seny Dieng could only parry a powerful long-range drive from skipper Scott Brown but then saved from Edouard, who pounced on the loose ball.

Celtic kept pressing and in the 35th minute a stunning Forrest volley from a McGregor corner was blocked by the sheer number of bodies in the six-yard box.

Dieng then stretched to claw away a curling shot from Sinclair before defender Nathan Ralph completed the clearance for yet another Hoops corner which came to nothing.

Lennon will be delighted Celtic claimed all three points despite a less than impressive performance

However, it was the home side who could have gone into the interval ahead when Robson sent Scott Wright clear on a swift counter but former Dundee keeper Scott Bain was out quickly to block at the expense of a corner from which he made another fine save to deny Ryan McGowan.

The Celtic chances continued after the break, Edouard missing out on a Johnston cross by a yard in the first minute before Sinclair went close with another shot.

Winger Jonny Hayes replaced Johnston in the 58th minute with Forrest moving into the middle as Lennon reshuffled.

The match remained in attack-versus-defence mode with Celtic relentlessly trying all they could do break down a dark blue wall.

Edouard netted his 18th goal of the season to down Dundee

In the 70th minute Tierney’s low drive from the edge of the box flew past Dieng’s left-hand post.

McIntyre’s men were under an aerial bombardment, but just when it looked like Celtic had run out of ideas Forrest unlocked the defence to set up Edouard to slip in from eight yards.

Scottish Premiership: Super Computer predicts where every team will finish in 2018/19 season *March update*

8 Mar

Celtic have been handed a blow in their bid to win a eighth successive Scottish Premiership title.

Manager Brendan Rodgers left the club to take charge of Premier League side Leicester City but can interim boss Neil Lennon get them home ahead of Rangers?

Former Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers

It promises to be a fascinating end to the campaign as Steven Gerrard, in his debut season, puts their rivals under pressure, while at the other end of the table Hamilton Academical, St Mirren, and Dundee are all fighting to avoid relegation.

But how does the campaign look like panning out?

We have fired up the famous talkSPORT.com super computer to predict the final league standings.

Here’s the predicted final 2018/19 Scottish Premiership table which should, of course, be taken with a pinch of salt…

*And if you think you’re better at predictions than the super computer, then give the talkSPORT predictor game a go!

12. Dundee (relegated)
11. Hamilton Academical (Premiership play-off final)

Hamilton Academical ace Gary Woods

10. St Mirren

9. Livingston

Livingston players celebrate

8. St Johnstone

7. Motherwell

Charles Dunne in action for Motherwell.

6. Hibernian

5. Heart of Midlothian

Hearts ace Peter Haring celebrates.

4. Kilmarnock

Eamonn Brophy in action for Kilmarnock against Celtic.

3. Aberdeen (Europa League first qualifying round)

Aberdeen celebrate at Pittodrie.

2. Rangers (Europa League first qualifying round)

Rangers forward Kyle Lafferty looks frustrated.

1. Celtic (champions)

Celtic players celebrate a Scott Sinclair goal.

Scottish Premiership: Super Computer predicts where every team will finish in 2018/19 season

7 Feb

There is never a dull moment in the Scottish Premiership as we enter the final stages of the season.

Rangers showed they’re still up for a title fight, despite trailing leaders Celtic by six points, as they beat Aberdeen 4-2 at Pittodrie.

Rangers manager Steven Gerrard

The red card received by Alfredo Morelos, though, could be problematic in the long run.

Meanwhile, Motherwell’s win over bottom-of-the-pile St Mirren sends them up two spots to seventh, and Dundee were able to snatch a precious point against Kilmarnock.

Celtic players celebrate their win over Hibernian.

But how does the campaign look like panning out?

We have fired up the famous talkSPORT.com super computer to predict the final league standings.

Here’s the predicted final 2018/19 Scottish Premiership table which should, of course, be taken with a pinch of salt…

*And if you think you’re better at predictions than the super computer, then give the talkSPORT predictor game a go!

12. Dundee (relegated)
11. St Mirren (Premiership play-off final)
10. Hamilton Academical

Hamilton Academical ace Gary Woods

9. Motherwell

Motherwell stars argue with an official

8. Livingston

Livingston players celebrate

7. Hibernian

Oli Shaw in action for Hibernian

6. St Johnstone

St Johnstone manager Tommy Wright

5. Kilmarnock

4. Heart of Midlothian

Hearts could just miss out on a Europa League berth.

3. Aberdeen (Europa League first qualifying round)

Graeme Shinnie in action for Aberdeen

2. Rangers (Europa League first qualifying round)

Rangers stars celebrate

1. Celtic (champions)

It’s looking like Celtic will be celebrating once again come the end of the season.

Dundee 1-1 Rangers: Steven Gerrard’s men fail to move back level with Celtic despite having man advantage

9 Dec

Rangers missed a golden opportunity to keep the pressure on Scottish Premiership leaders Celtic after only managing a 1-1 draw at ten-man Dundee.

A win would have put Steven Gerrard’s men level on points with the Hoops, however, the result did see them go above Kilmarnock and into second place.

It’s not ideal preparation for their Europa League match at Rapid Vienna on Thursday

But this will not make them feel any better about the fact they failed to beat Dundee, who started the game bottom of the league and also played over 70 minutes of the match a man down.

The home side took a shock lead when former Rangers favourite Kenny Miller clipped the ball beyond Allan McGregor on nine minutes.

Miller did not celebrate out of respect for his former club.

However, the game turned in Gers’ favour ten minutes later when Nathan Ralph was dismissed by referee Alan Muir for a crunching tackle on Daniel Candeias on the edge of the box.

Halliday’s free-kick had seemingly put Rangers on course for victory

Andy Halliday equalised from the resulting free-kick to bring the scores level.

Kyle Lafferty thought he put Rangers 2-1 up later in the first-half but his goal from Ryan Kent’s cutback was controversially ruled out for offside by the referee’s assistant.

The game was there for the Glasgow-based side but Dundee defended resolutely and Rangers were unable to break them down and find a winner.

Dundee 1-1 Rangers: Steven Gerrard’s side criticised for ‘dreadful’ and ’embarrassing’ performance

9 Dec

Celebrations were sparked last weekend when Rangers topped the Premiership table ahead of Old Firm rivals Celtic.

The defeat of Hearts which sent them first was a truly impressive result, and though Gers were knocked off top spot yesterday due to Celtic’s rout of Kilmarnock, many expected Steven Gerrard’s side to reach the summit again on Sunday.

It was not the finest day in Steven Gerrard’s short managerial career

The Ibrox club visited relegation battling Dundee, who have won just two matches all season and conceded 33 goals in only 16 matches, and hopes of another three points were high.

And though Rangers went a goal behind inside the first 10 minutes to a Kenny Miller goal, Nathan Ralph was sent off on the 20 minute mark and Andy Halliday equalised from the resultant free-kick.

This meant Gers had 70 minutes to score one goal to secure all three points against a relegation battling side who were playing with only 10 men – and they could not do it.

In fact, they didn’t even really have many particularly good chances to score – though Kyle Lafferty scored a perfectly acceptable goal that was incorrectly ruled out for offside – and Dundee could perhaps have stolen the win in the final stages if their finishing was better.

Rangers‘ performance made them something of a laughing stock on social media, and you can see the best reaction below…

Scottish Premiership: Super Computer predicts where every team will finish in 2018/19

19 Nov

The Scottish Premiership is proving to be an exceptionally competitive league and it’s set to get even more interesting as the campaign goes on.

Celtic currently lead but the top six are only separated by five points, with Rangers among the chasing pack, which include St Johnstone, who are on a five-game winning run.

Meanwhile, at the other end of the table, Dundee and St Mirren prop up the table and are the likely relegation candidates right now.

But how does the campaign look like panning out?

With a week off from Scottish top-flight action due to the international break, we have fired up the famous talkSPORT.com super computer to predict the final league standings.

Here’s the predicted final 2018/19 Scottish Premiership table which should, of course, be taken with a pinch of salt…

*And if you think you’re better at predictions than the super computer, then give the talkSPORT predictor game a go!

12. Dundee (relegated)
11. St Mirren (Premiership play-off final)
10. Hamilton Academicals
9. Motherwell
8. Livingston
7. St Johnstone

6. Hibernian
5. Kilmarnock
4. Aberdeen
3. Hearts
2. Rangers
1. Celtic

Former Tottenham and Dundee striker Alan Gilzean dies aged 79

8 Jul

Alan Gilzean, who played as a striker for Tottenham and Scotland, has died aged 79.

Dundee, the club where he began his career wrote on their official Twitter account that Gilzean died on Sunday morning having been diagnosed with a brain tumour recently.

Gilzean won the FA Cup, two league cups and the 1972 UEFA Cup

The club’s tweet read: “Everyone at Dundee Football Club are devastated to learn that club legend Alan Gilzean passed away this morning after recently being diagnosed with a brain tumour. The thoughts of everyone at the club are with Alan’s family and friends at this difficult time.”

Gilzean left Dundee for Spurs in 1964 and in a decade at White Hart Lane helped the club win the FA Cup, two league cups and the 1972 UEFA Cup.

Spurs tweeted: “Everyone at the club is deeply saddened to learn of the passing of our legendary former striker Alan Gilzean. Our thoughts are with his family and friends at this extremely difficult time.”