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DUNDEE 0 Celtic 4

April 25 2002

A depleted squad was defeated by Celtic at Dens, however the score in no way reflected the play. Only world class saves by Rab Douglas stopped Dundee going into the break well ahead. The message though is well clear to Ivano - You need to get in new faces FAST to cover for injuries and suspensions

15th September 2001

Celtic 4(Larsson 45 & 59, Petrov 70, Maloney 88)

Attendance: 9,842

Referee: Alan Freeland

Del Rio, Smith, Marrocco, Khizanishvili
Robertson, Romano, Rae, Nemsadze, Garrido

Boylan (for Robertson 65)
Coyne (for Boylan 77)
Robb (for Romano 90)
Mathers, Caballero

Sent Off:
Dundee: Del Rio
Celtic: -

Dundee:Marrocco, Romano, Del Rio,
Celtic:Thompson, Valgaeren

Ivano Bonetti, who was already without suspended Beto Carranza and injured Juan Sara and was dealt another blow to the depleted squad when Fabian Caballero failed a late fitness test and could only sit on the bench for the match alongside youngsters Colin Boylan and Steven Robb. Ivano stating that he was only 20% fit - that last statement proves that Dundee need to bring in new faces.

Fabian Caballero's place in the starting line-up went to Mark Robertson. Celtic boss Martin O'Neill made three changes to his starting eleven with Kharine, Petrov and Maloney all making way for the returning Douglas, Mjallby and Lambert. When the game kicked off Dundee won an early free-kick down the left but ex-Dundee number one Rab Douglas easily collected the cross.

With eight minutes played the Dark Blues came close to opening the scoring when a curling free-kick by Georgi Nemsadze was brilliantly turned around the post by Douglas.

Midway through the first half Celtic's first effort at goal came via a long-range effort from Sutton which was deflected high over the crossbar.

With half an hour gone Douglas came to Celtic's rescue once more when he saved at the feet of Mark Robertson after a fine through ball by Georgi Nemsadze, who was causing panic in the Celtic defence every time he ran at them with the ball.

A good run down the right by Alessandro Romano took him past Valgaeren and his cross into the middle was pushed away by Douglas just as Steve Milne looked like getting a touch to push the ball over the line. With 45 minutes played the Celtic took the lead. A free-kick on the right was played into the area by Moravcik and Larsson was on hand to head past Jamie Langfield from six yards for a goal their share of the play barely deserved.

Two minutes into the second half Georgi Nemsadze came close for Dundee when his 25-yard strike dipped just over the bar, but taking out the Sky camera just behind the goal.

Good passing play down the right between Barry Smith, Gavin Rae and Alessandro Romano resulted in the latter firing in a cross which was met by Mark Robertson, but his downward header lacked power and Douglas saved easily.

With an hour of the game gone Larsson grabbed his and Celtic's second goal.

A corner on the right by Alan Thompson found an unmarked Larsson at the back post and he had the simple task of heading the ball into the net from inside the six-yard area.

Five minutes later Dundee Youth team player Colin Boylan made his first appearance for the first team when he replaced Mark Robertson.

With 69 minutes played Celtic's substitute Petrov put the visitors three up with a strike from 35 yards, which gave the Dundee keeper no chance after a free-kick was touched to him by Larsson.

With a quarter of an hour to go Dundee were reduced to ten men when Walter Del Rio (who was having an excellent game) was booked twice in a six-minute spell for fouls on Larsson.

Unfortunately for debutant Colin Boylan he was to be replaced by Chris Coyne having been on the field for only 12 minutes as Ivano looked to shore up the defence.

It was one of the few options open to Ivano, however it may do long term damage to Boylan's confidence.

Hartson came close to grabbing his first goal for Celtic when his ambitious 35-yard effort forced Jamie Langfield into making an excellent save with five minutes remaining.

Two minutes from time Celtic substitute Maloney made it 4-0. A throughball by Lambert found Maloney inside the Dundee box.

The youngster took a couple of touches before his right-foot shot beat Jamie Langfield to complete a 4-0 victory for the visitors which did not reflect the play in any way. man of the match: ZURA KHIZANISHVILI

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