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The Dee Unlucky To Lose At Celtic

Dundee took on Celtic at Parkhead at the weekend and despite coming away with a narrow defeat, the management, players and fans came away feeling a bit aggrieved that we could not take away a point.

Celtic may have made many changes to their starting eleven but on paper, it was still a team that most would envy. Actually, it is still a team that many a team ARE envious of!

The Parkhead side started the better team but once the initial onslaught died down, Dundee came into the game though not causing much threat up front.

In the second, we started to push more forward and were looking comfortable across the pitch. Unfortunately, Celtic would eventually find a way past Scott Bain with a long-range drive but instead of letting our heads go down, we pushed forward for an equaliser.

We had our chances but a combination of poor choices and the Celtic keeper played a blinder to keep us at bay.

First up, a Paul McGowan strike pulled off a wonderful stop from De Vries and then Roarie Deacon managed to shrug off the last defender only to unbelievably blast the ball down the middle of the keeper when slotting it either side of him would have likely have ended in what would have been deserved goal for the Dee. Another fantastic save at the end from a Faissal El Bakhatoui effort meant that Celtic finished the game as the winner, albeit a nervy one.

Dundee deserved a point here but we can take away the performance we gave at a venue teams are normally on the receiving end of a mauling. The performance of Scott Bain and Glen Kamara were the picks for me. Bain pulled off some cracking saves, some point-blank, while Kamara bossed the midfield, an area that Celtic normally dominate.

It was our first defeat in the league in three games but we stayed in the same position in the League with only one team gaining on us.

Next Saturday, we visit the ground of the only team who have yet to register a league victory, Partick Thistle.

I am surprised with Thistle’s league position. I like them as a team and rate their manage Alan Archibald. I do feel that being bottom is a false position so we have to be wary of thinking that we can just roll into town and leave with all three points.

Off course, I hope that we can carry on with the display we gave against Celtic and do the business at Firhill and leave them still searching for a win. However, we will have to be on our game and more clinical upfront, something that has sometimes deserted us when we have the ball in front of the opposition goal.

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In Friday night’s match, Rangers put three past St Johnstone without reply to make it a second three goal defeat for the Perth Saints in a row.

Owen Coyle’s first home match with Ross County ended in a 2-1 defeat against Hearts while Aberdeen visited Hibernian and won by a single goal to keep them in second place.

Motherwell beat Hamilton in the Lanarkshire Derby 2-1 to move them up to fourth in the table. It was Hamilton’s fifth defeat on the trot. It was the battle of the winless teams as Partick welcomed Kilmarnock with the Ayrshire team winning by an impressive 2-0 score line.

 

 

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Daniel Smith

Daniel Smith

Daniel has been a Dundee fan for thirty-something years. He Was invited to write for TEB following the Julian Speroni Testimonial. Uses the excuse for drinking on following The Dee.

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