Celtic rout Dundee in a game that was so one-sided Craig Gordon was often seen out his box trying to get in on the passing just to get involved,its safe to say Dundee probably expected Celtic to dominate this game but im sure they never expected a 5-0 drubbing ,all 5 goals had their own piece of class ,the pick of the bunch though was Nir Bitons instep shot from 30 yards which flew into the top corner of the net,from the moment it left his boot the ball hardly rotated in the air as it sailed into the Dundee goal…..
It was just reward for a player ive raved about all season,some of his passing tonight was of for the first time I can remember this year but that goal was a little special and I think the player and his team mates enjoyed it,Leigh Griffiths scored goal 1 with a brilliant header from a in swinging izzguire cross that was just superb,the player this season is back to his old self and has been one of the team’s top stars,Griffiths accepted the chance from his
teammate to score his 19th of the season….
If that goal had a stamp of class on it then goal2 would have the decent sized parkhead crowd buzzing ,starting at Craig Gordon the whole Celtic team would be involved in the build up to Scott Browns goal not one Dundee player touched the ball from start to finish of the move ,where broonie tucked the ball away low to the left of the Dundee goalkeeper one to be enjoyed in the highlights package…….
Goal 3 came from the penalty spot as Darnel Fisher who had come on as a substitute was felled in the box by the Dundee defence,Nir Biton chipped a beautiful ball into his path from a central position and as Fisher calmly took it on his chest he was brought to the ground,referee Madden had no choice but to award the penalty which Kris Commons struck sweetly low into the net……………………………..
Goal 4 came from the marauding James Forrest also a 2 nd half substitute his pace was too much for the Dundee defence and when he latched onto a pass he shot low on the run into the corner of the Dundee net a brilliant little goal ,goal 5 to round of the nights scoring came from the boot of Nir Biton as previously mentioned and the bhoys nights work was done 124 goals for the hoops this season scored and Bitons strike could very well be the pick of the bunch……………
Celtic now can relax and wait to see if Aberdeen can take anything from there tie
against Dundee utd tomorrow..sat 2nd may if they fail to win Celtic will be crowned champions ,should Aberdeen win it will set up a hell of a game next sunday at pittodrie where again Celtic will try to close out the season,either way its an exciting 24 hours ahead ,its been a long season and its crazy to think that in early July we will be looking at qualifiers for the champions league,that’s why it would be nice to get it won so the players can get a well-earned rest,it’s over to you now Aberdeen do you still have the stomach for the fight or is it going to be 4 in a row tommorow tea time we shall see HH
Aberdeen v Celtic
10th May 2015
Kick Off 14:30
OFFICIAL MATCH REPORT
Friday, May 1, 2015
(Griffiths 30, Brown 37, Commons pen. 71, Forrest 77, Bitton 90)
CELTIC stand on the brink of a fourth successive title after destroying Dundee 5-0 in Paradise to move 11 points clear of second-placed Aberdeen. And the Hoops could be confirmed as champions as early as tomorrow (Saturday) should Aberdeen fail to defeat Dundee United at Tannadice.Ronny Deila’s side certainly played with the authority of champions as they swept aside the Dens Park side with a dazzling display of vibrant, attacking football, delivering a Friday night football feast for the home support.
Leigh Griffiths deservedly headed the Hoops in front from the outstanding Emilio
Izaguirre’s cross before Scott Brown doubled the advantage before half-time.Kris Commons added number three from the penalty spot after substitute Darnell Fisher had been fouled by Stephen McGinn in the box and James Forrest slotted home a fourth five minutes later.Nir Bitton reserved the best goal of the night until the closing seconds of the match, crashing a shot into the top corner from long range.Ronny Deila had made two changes to the team that dispatched Dundee United at Tannadice last week, restoring Gary Mackay-Steven and Efe Ambrose to the starting XI at the expense of Stuart
Armstrong and Adam Matthews.
It was through the promptings of left-back Izaguirre that the Hoops made their first incursions towards the visitors’ goal.In the fifth minute, the Honduran played in Scott Brown, whose low cross flashed across goal, before he found Griffiths in a similar position with a crisp pass, the striker firing wide from an acute angle.Similar to Kilmarnock’s conservative approach in Celtic’s last home fixture, Dundee had set up defensively, encamped across their 18-yard box whenever the home side attacked.But the Hoops managed to bypass this sea of dark blue shirts with a slick counter-attack. Kris Commons’ long pass found Griffiths racing down the left. He fed Mackay-Steven, who in turn supplied Johansen, but the Norwegian couldn’t keep his curling shot on target.
As the Dens Park side continued to sit back, Virgil van Dijk was tempted to try his luck from distance, the defender shooting wide.Ronny Deila’s side should then have had a chance to break the deadlock from the penalty spot after Kevin Thomson sent Johansen sprawling in the box, but referee Bobby Madden was unmoved.Celtic’s frustrations were growing but on the half-hour mark they broke the visitors’ resistance – and the scorer was no surprise. Izaguirre looked up and delivered a wonderful cross from the left and Griffiths rose above his markers and powered a header beyond Scott Bain.
Van Dijk had another piledriver charged down, before Luka Tankulic’s ambitious long-range effort at the other end was comfortably gathered by Craig Gordon.In the 37th minute, the Hoops doubled their lead with a well-worked goal. Griffiths and Commons combined and the latter picked out Brown in the box. The captain took a touch before burying a shot into the corner.Celtic could now afford to play with freedom and flair and they threatened to add to their tally as half-time approached.The lively Griffiths came close to capitalising on some hesitant defending from Thomas Konrad and Bain, before Izaguirre saw a shot blocked after Mackay-Steven had attempted to wriggle clear in the box.
From the resultant corner, Commons collected a return pass from Izaguirre nutmegged a defender on the byline and blasted over.Although Paul Hartley’s side show greater ambition after the restart, the Hoops continued to boss possession. The away side did have the first effort of the half, with Willie Dyer pulling the trigger from distance but Gordon was never troubled.Van Dijk headed wide from Commons’ corner and then the Dutchman curled a shot wide after thrusting inside from the left as the Bhoys started to rediscover their cutting edge. On the hour-mark, Mackay-Steven did well to dig out a cross from the left which Konrad could only partially clear.
It fell to Johansen who fired over.Bain then had to be out quickly to deny Mackay-Steven as he chased a through ball, before the manager made a double change, sending on Forrest and Fisher for Johansen and Ambrose.Dundee’s defence was creaking again as van Dijk was within inches of Izaguirre’s cross and Brown had a goal ruled out after Griffiths was deemed to have fouled Bain.But then the substitutes had the desired impact. Fisher, showing plenty of enterprise since coming on, was pushed in the back by Stephen McGinn as he chased a ball into the box. Referee Madden pointed to the spot and Commons
confidently converted.Paradise was in full voice and they were given further reason to cheer when Forrest added number four with 13 minutes left on the clock. An incisive Celtic breakaway saw Commons send the winger scampering clear and he clinically slid the ball into the far corner beyond Bain.Commons, Izaguirre and Mackay-Steven had further efforts, before Tankulic drilled wide for the visitors.But the last word went the way of a rampant Celtic and Bitton in particular. Picking up the ball 30 yards from goal, he took aim and lashed home a stunning strike as Bain stood rooted to the spot.
CELTIC (4-2-3-1) Gordon; Ambrose (Fisher 65), Denayer, van Dijk, Izaguirre; Brown, Bitton; Commons, Johansen (Forrest 65), Mackay-Steven; Griffiths (Scepovic 75)
Not Used: Zaluska, Guidetti, Stokes, Armstrong,
DUNDEE (4-5-1) Bain; P. McGinn, McPake, Konrad, Dyer; Harris (Colquhoun 61) Ferry (Heffernan 71, Clarkson 90), S. McGinn, Thomson, McAlister; Tankulic
Not Used: Letheren, Irvine, Kostadin Gadzhalov, Harkins