It didn’t look like anyone was getting all three points, but Celtic sneaked it right at the death.
A dogged Dundee more than deserved a share for their efforts in restricting the Hoops’ chances throughout what was a hard watch at times.
The champions struggled to make any headway for the full 90 minutes and looked like they were facing their first back to back 0-0 results in the league for nearly a decade, but it wasn’t to be.
Instead, Odsonne Edouard’s late, late winner saw them move a clear ten points ahead of second-placed Rangers and take a huge step toward retaining their Premiership title for the eighth year in a row.
Celtic’s form on the road hasn’t been all that stellar this season, but today’s game marks the third away league game in a row that they’ve won in injury time and you just had to see Neil Lennon’s reaction to see how much it meant to them.
Dee gaffer Jim McIntyre was clearly deflated at the end as their quest to stay in the Premiership would have massively benefited from even a point against Celtic, never mind if they had actually sneaked it themselves at the end, which they nearly did.
In all honesty, the game was a bit of a grind, but there were three big moments that changed the game.
THAT PENALTY SHOUT
There’s penalties, there’s ‘mibbes ayes mibbes naws’ penalites, there’s ‘seen them given’ penalties. Then there’s these ones. Sure Scott Sinclair went down easily, but there was no danger he dived. Dundee’s James Horsfield had his hand on his shoulder as he was heading in on goal and pulled him down. No argument. Even Krisses Boyd and Commons agreed. And if he wasn’t fouled in the box, he should have been done for simulation, no?
A penalty then and assuming Celtic didn’t *rse it, one that would have changed the complexion of the game and forced Dundee to come out more, as opposed to their heavily defensive (and fair enough) tactics.
DUNDEE’S DECISION MAKING
Not to blame one man, but Martin Woods will be rueing a couple of decisions that cost his team dear tonight. With Madden looking at his watch, the Dee had broken away from a Celtic attack and tore up the park in search of a winner. With much better options screaming for the ball, he tried to shoot from an angle that was never going to happen. Minutes later he was involved in the loss of possession that led to Celtic’s late winner.
THE MARK OF CHAMPIONS?
Celtic in no way looked at their best today. Their set-pieces were poor, they lacked creativity in a lot of areas and were back to that passing the ball around the back thing that we thought Neil Lennon was going to get rid of. But then, with seconds left, a sublime bit of skill from James Forrest saw the winger cut back a perfect ball for Odsonne Edouard to slot in the Dundee net. Sure it wasn’t pretty at times, but winning when you’re miles from your best is how you win trophies. Today, Celtic took a huge step towards that.
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