Dundee v Celtic: Hoops can return to clinical best

Dundee v Celtic: Hoops can return to clinical best

Kick Off: 1230, 19/03/2017

Stadium: Dens Park

TV: Sky Sports 2

Celtic’s 17-match winning run was halted by a late equaliser from Rangers in last week’s Old Firm derby but the Hoops will be keen to claim maximum points when visiting Dundee this Sunday.

The Dark Blues will be determined to bounce back from two straight defeats but they haven’t won any of their last 28 meetings with the Scottish Premiership leaders.

A Look At Dundee’s Betting Odds

Dundee looked on course to make the top six when beating Rangers and Motherwell at the end of last month but those hopes now hang in the balance after a 1-0 home loss to Partick and a 2-0 defeat at St Johnstone left them down in eighth.

Manager Paul Hartley knows results must improve quickly and he declared: “We have a game plan to try to hurt Celtic. The big thing for us is to be on the front foot. There will be an excellent atmosphere, the pitch is incredible, so we’ve got to make sure we start well.”

Dundee have been far from disgraced in two encounters with Celtic this term, losing 1-0 at Dens Park in October and going down 2-1 in Glasgow before Christmas, but that was the only goal they have scored against the Hoops in their last six encounters.

Looking at the Dundee v Celtic odds, 18/25 for the visitors to win to nil is sure to attract plenty of support.

A Look At Celtic’s Betting Odds

Brendan Rodgers has urged Celtic to regain a clinical attitude after letting Rangers off the hook in last week’s 1-1 draw, which cut short a run of 22 consecutive league victories, but did at least leave the Hoops still unbeaten in 35 domestic fixtures.

“We will just re-focus again. We are a strong team and we will take that into the next games,” said Rodgers. “I don’t think the team are complacent but when you concede like that, it just makes you realise you have to be fully focused and make no mistakes.”

Celtic had kept a clean sheet in nine of their previous 11 Premiership matches and the vibes are that they will seek to reproduce that ruthless form this weekend as they close in on wrapping up the title.

Dundee don’t take many hammerings, so we’re snapping up 27/20 for Celtic to win 1-0, 2-0 or 3-0.

Additional stats

Last result:

St Johnstone 2-0 DUNDEE

CELTIC 1-1 Rangers – Stuart Armstrong

Head-to-head: Celtic 2-1 Dundee, Dundee 0-1 Celtic, Dundee 0-0 Celtic, Celtic 0-0 Dundee, Celtic 6-0 Dundee