Dundee boss declares surprising tactical approach for Celtic clash; Ange will be delighted

By Euan Davidson

November 5, 2021

Dundee manager James McPake believes in his side’s attacking qualities with Celtic ready to visit Dens Park on Sunday.

An earlier meeting this season saw Celtic run out 6-0 winners [BBC], with a Kyogo hat-trick, Ralston, Rogic and Odsonne Edouard scoring. It was an early sign of the fluid, relentless attacking football Ange Postecoglou promised.

However, instead of being scared and intending to shut up shop, McPake believes his side can go at Celtic when they come to Tayside.

In news that could well delight the Bhoys manager, McPake said he believes that Dundee are capable of being defensively solid, while having enough about them to nab a goal or two.

It’s an interesting one.

The Dundee manager said [Football Scotland]:

“They are a good side. We faced them at Celtic Park earlier in the season and it was a real tough afternoon for us.

“To get anything from the game we need to be at our very best defensively as a team, but we also need to have a game plan to attack as well. We can’t just sit in and hope because they have real good quality and can open teams up.

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“We know the task that is ahead of us, but it is not something we should be frightened of.

“Yes, when they can get at you they cause real problems, like we saw that day at Celtic Park, but it’s a completely different game when they come here.”

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Now, we should know better than to just turn up and expect a win in the Scottish Premiership. Especially after last week’s frustrating display against Livingston.

However, the first Dundee game was a significant moment in Ange’s early tenure. You could see exactly what the boss was driving at, with his fast-tempo, high-press, high-energy brand of football. The goals, too, were outstanding.

Hearing that James McPake isn’t going to settle for sitting back and allowing Celtic to control the game is undoubtedly a good thing, though. Not because of complacency, but because that obviously benefits Celtic. A high-scoring game is good news for us.

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That, and the Celtic defence has proven that they can largely handle what Scottish Premiership attacks throw at them.

Dundee, certainly, will have plenty to prove after the Celtic Park shellacking. The Bhoys, meanwhile, will be desperate to get back to winning ways domestically.

Put it this way; if we play out our second successive goalless draw, it’ll be a monumental shock.

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