Fabulous goals from Gary Hooper and Victory Wanyama put Celtic back on winning ways, their first victory in four games in September but Dundee held out until minutes before the break, aided by an excellent performance from Rab Douglas.
Another ex-Celt, Gary Irvine, had a penalty claim 7 minutes in but the ref wasn’t convinced; Irvine’s tumble was a tad overdramatic. Celtic were cut open on 15 minutes when Colin Nish found space inside the box but his shot was blocked. The rebound broke to John Baird who should have converted but fired over the bar.
A minute later Lassad, making his home debut, dribbled to the edge of the six yard box when he appeared to be tripped but again referee, Beaton, denied the claim.
Kris Commons then stepped up the pressure. His cross was dummied by Lassad but Gary Hooper’s shot was saved. Commons then played a diagonal ball through to Lassad who shot wide.
Charlie Mulgrew brought a good save from Douglas from a free kick on the edge of the D after Wanyama was brought down. The Dundee keeper then topped that effort with a save from Forrest after a good cutback from Lassad, before saving again from the same player a minute later.
Lassad’s movement eventually brought a reward when Beaton pointed to the penalty spot after the former Deportivo striker had his legs clipped. Scott Brown has been reliable from the spot this year but this effort didn’t get anywhere near the post, allowing Rab Douglas another opportunity to show what he can do.
Brown made amends a minute before the break when his forward pass was collected by Gary Hooper. Hooper still had a lot to do but nutmeged his marker before firing home, from an angle, into the far corner.
The advantage was almost doubled a minute into the second half when Gary Irvine tried to chest the ball back to Rab Douglas but found the post instead, however, Dundee were two behind three minutes later.
Victor Wanyama shot low and hard from 26 yards, clipping the inside of the post before crossing the line.
Lassad almost opened his scoring account for Celtic with a good header but Rab Douglas was a match to the attempt again. Tony Watt used his impressive strength to get a cross to Gary Hooper, who steadied before shooting against the upright.
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