Dundee's considerable missing list for Celtic clash
It’s hard enough for Dundee manager James McPake tomorrow, with Celtic on the road to Dens Park for the last game before the international break.
In case you forgot, Celtic ran up a 6-0 score-line the last time the two teams met. That feels like so long ago as to be surreal. Odsonne Edouard was on the score-sheet that day, and Ryan Christie finished with three assists [BBC].
Since then, if anything, Celtic have actually improved. Dundee have had a tougher time of it. They’ve lost 3 of their last 6, including damaging results against St Johnstone and Ross County, who beat them 5-0. However, a win against St Mirren has picked up spirits on Tayside a little.
Tomorrow, though, they have plenty of players out. Loanee Leigh Griffiths will be absent, due to SFA rules about playing against parent clubs. Former Celtic youth player Shaun Byrne could be out for up to 12 weeks with a knee injury [Newschain].
Cillian Sheridan, another former Celtic man, will be missing for Dundee for the foreseeable, having ruptured his Achilles tendon. He took it in typically good humour though; follow him on Twitter if you’re not already.
Additionally, Jordan McGhee will be assessed pre-match [DFC], with Alex Jakubiak also set to miss out.
That’s quite the injury list. However, James McPake still wants to go at Celtic tomorrow, hoping to secure what would be a huge three points for Dundee.
Dundee missing several key players for Celtic match
Without any disrespect to Dundee, this was going to be a big enough task for McPake and co, based on history.
Tommy Coyne was the last person to score a winner against Celtic at Dens Park [Scotsman]. That was in 1988, and Coyne would subsequently play for the Bhoys, of course.
Complacency, though, is the enemy of success. Livingston’s form before beating Celtic at the Tony Macaroni this season was dire. Dundee’s previous games will mean little to Ange Postecoglou.
With the chance of going into another international break with a win, this game has significant importance. Of course, they all do; Celtic are continuing to lead a charge on the Scottish Premiership’s top spot.
What a morale boost it would be, though, if Celtic can take an emphatic win from Dens Park tomorrow. Then the manager would have the chance to exhale, and enjoy the fantastic work the club have done since the last time league action paused for the international break.