Determined by Dundee


It will be 4 May before action resumes at Celtic Park, by then we will know if we have reached the Scottish Cup Final and positions at the top of the table will be significantly determined by Dundee.  I’m pleased our manager has not spent the best part of two weeks throwing material to be pinned to the dressing room door their way.  Maybe Brendan is too experienced to do this?  Maybe he’s just not over-anxious.

We have scored 13 goals in three games against Dundee this season, conceding only once (when we were seven goals ahead), so Brendan Rodgers will have no complaints that the post-split fixtures send us away there, instead of another trip to St Mirren, which was the alternative.

It is also good to get this game out of the way first, leaving us with three games at home from the final four.  All will be difficult, but the incentive is a huge motivation.

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  1. AIPPLE on 17TH APRIL 2024 12:01 PM


    Well played MELVIN UDALL



    As previously stated, in manibus est.




    Cheers Aipple.



    in manibus est.? 🤷🏼‍♂️

  2. in manibus est



    Gorrit! Is Latin for It is in his hands.




  3. The Blogger Formerly Known As GM on

    It can go one of two ways this evening – Dundee use the flack that’s been thrown their way as motivation and take something from the game or they’re still celebrating a “top six” from Saturday and the huns win by a cricket score.



    I’d rather they had something to play for tonight (yes, yes, I know if they overhaul St Mirren they would likely get a European place, but that’s just icing on the cake).

  4. glendalystonsils on

    If I was a Dundee player or management and some Belgic buffoon with a superiority complex had been slagging my club off as unprofessional , I know where my focus would be tonight .



    Sheer , determined, psychopathic revenge.




    ( ….they would likely get a European place, but that’s just icing on the cake).



    Is qualifying for Europe not more important (financially) than being in the top six?

  6. There is another five games against lower opposition for Dundee to overtake St.Mirren. Any manager worth his salt would be concentrating on those games rather than a game v the 2nd top team in the league. However, surely they can’t be a better time to play them, por cierto.

  7. `POR CIERTO on 17TH APRIL 2024 12:38 PM


    Any manager worth his salt would be concentrating on those games`



    I think any Manager worth his salt would be concentrating on the next game. Old cliche, I know but I believe it to hold substance.


    Also, I fancy Dundee to get something tonight. I sense a draw.

  8. Weebobbycollins on

    “Any manager worth his salt would be concentrating on those games rather than a game v the 2nd top team in the league.”



    Aye, just like Don Cowie up in Dingwall…



    If a manager is ‘worth his salt’ he will concentrate on every game, otherwise, he’s not worth his salt…

  9. Weebobbycollins on

    It’s a free hit for Dundee tonight. The pressure is off and they can afford to be relaxed and consider any positive result a bonus in their efforts to earn a place in European competition. They may well still get humped but I doubt it will be through lack of effort.

  10. I be watching City and Real tonight, will check their score before bedtime but I do fully expect them to be a point beyond us and back to being world beaters…



    If Dundee are to take anything tonight they’ll need to score or else hope that Captain Disappointed misses his spot kick.

  11. Would love to see the Dee get something tonight but I very much doubt it will happen, especially if some of the stories I’ve heard of their players celebrations are true. A point tonight with St Mirren being 3 points ahead and 5 goals better off would leave them just needing to match Saints results and beat them at home for 5th place.




  12. EspiritoDeCelt on

    Dundee will be Radicalized by the vitriolic and degrading statements from Rangers against them. They will be up for this.

  13. If I was a Dundee coach I would have picked apart all the rangers lost goals recently and tell my players to try the same



    They have one league win in four and lost 8 goals in that run.



    It is not rocket science. Just have some belief.

  14. Looking at the top six in Scotland I can see three teams of brawn and three of brains.



    Managing the brawn sides we have two usual suspects, Naismith and McIness and now of course Philippe.



    Rodgers, Robinson and Docherty have got their noses to the laptops though.



    Tonight, if conditions are fair, we hear of the first head to head clash of the B´s,



    Bubbling Under


    Classic scottish brains teams Hibs and Dundee Utd floundering, likewise brawn team Eiberdeen.

  15. I predicted a month or so back that both Sevco and Celtic would drop points to teams other than themselves. It was obvious that neither team has been as dominant over other SPFL clubs as they have been in previous seasons. I didn’t expect the first dropped point to be by Sevco at Dingwall but I had good evidence that they would drop points.



    I am equally adamant that Celtic are not yet in the form that would make me reconsider my view that we are likely to drop 2 or 3 points in the games against Dundee, Hearts, Killie & St. Mirren. I don’t know which team it will be but one of these will harm us in these games, unless……..



    We are improving and hitting form at the right time with a squad of injury free players fresh enough to keep giving maximum effort in all 5 games.



    It may not matter, if we drop these 2 or 3 points if we. gain the 3 points in the game on the 11th May



    and it may not matter if they drop points too in their remaining 5 games outwith the Glasgow Derby game.



    We have the confidence advantage at the moment and it could be a huge one if they drop points again tonight but I don’t expect that.



    If Sevco win tonight, the gap will be 1 point and they play St. Mirren before we play Dundee in the first post-split fixture. They can apply pressure first but only if they resist the pressure St. Mirren will bring.



    Overall, I am positive and confident because



    We have the current points lead


    We have more home fixtures than they do


    We have the Psychological advantage as they have lost to us 3 times already in 23/24.


    We have the better squad and manager




    It may be closer than our heart beat and blood pressure would like but, it will be all the more enjoyable if we get there.

  16. Weebobbycollins on

    10 posts in the last three hours…the blog will soon be receiving extreme unction…

  17. Weebobbycollins on

    Benjamin Netanyahu has told UK Foreign Secretary Lord Cameron that Israel would “make its own decisions” over how to respond to an Iranian attack.



    “I want to make it clear – we will make our own decisions, and the State of Israel will do everything necessary to defend itself.”



    This clown is a war criminal, plain and simple…and all to save his own neck.

  18. ERATIC on 17TH APRIL 2024 4:19 PM



    You naughty bhoy.


    It`s alright for me. I live under 20 miles north of Dundee and it is sunny and dry here.

  19. As long as Dundee play on the ground and not in the air they have a chance against that dodgy one paced Ibrox defence.


    The only thing that makes a home win doubtful is their own dodgy defence, who have conceded more goals in the league than everyone else except Ross County and Livingstone, although that didn’t stop County on Sunday.

  20. Back to Basics - Glass Half Full on

    Very pleasant afternoon spent in garden.



    Work then relaxation.



    Looking forward to football tonight.



    Genuinely torn about which of the two Champions League quarterfinals to watch.



    Elation awaits two clubs, dejection for the other two.



    Ironically the two clubs plodding at Dens Park tonight have both reached the semifinals of the pinnacle of club football.



    Dundee lost to eventual winners AC Milan in 1963. Wasn’t close but they did at least win the home leg. A credit to themselves and Scottish football.



    Sevco fans don’t like to reminisce about the experience of Oldco.



    They shipped TWELVE goals over two legs against Eintracht Frankfurt … the biggest thrashing ever in a European football competition semi.

  21. I would find it funny if some unfortunate calamity means the Dundee game has to be abandoned.



    Floodlight failure or var breakdown something like that.