Rangers and Aberdeen were each held to second successive draws in the Scottish Premiership yesterday by their respective opponents. Kilmarnock continued their unbeaten run in the league against Rangers under Steve Clarke’s management whilst Livingston held on for a point at Pittodrie.
Hearts stumbled to their third defeat in five league matches against Hamilton. That win was vital to the Lanarkshire club’s hopes of staying up, but for Hearts it allowed Hibs to close the gap on them to 2 points.
St Johnstone v St Mirren was called off due to a water-logged pitch meaning the bottom side remain rooted to the foot of the table. The Perthshire club meantime have dropped to 9th in the league with Livingston drawing level on points with a better goal difference.
Which brings us to roundly to today’s match at Dens Park. Celtic make the journey to face second bottom, Dundee.
It hasn’t been the best of seasons for Dundee after they sacked Neil McCann in October last year. He had stepped in for Paul Hartley who was sacked in April 2017.
Now Jim McIntyre has been tasked with keeping the club in the Premiership. So far this season he has suffered 5-0 (home) and 3-0 (away) hammerings by Celtic.
Even with a recent managerial change by today’s visitors, it is unlikely that Dundee will prevent what should be a relatively straightforward three points for Celtic. The champions have players returning from injury at just the right time and we will continue to see Neil Lennon put his own mark on the way this squad is set up.
Despite the draw with Aberdeen last week, there is a chance to make some alterations in the starting eleven. Neil got it wrong against the Dons and he will be keen to establish a ten point lead going into the international break.
He needs to freshen things up a little. Add some vigour to see off Dundee so I reckon he’ll go with Burke and Edouard in attack.
There may be a break coming up for some of the team whilst others go off to play for their respective countries, but it would be good to notch up a few goals against Dundee. Neil is more than capable fo getting the right blend to inflict a barrage of goals against he opposition.
He is still tinkering with the team whilst utilising John Kennedy’s first hand experience with the players. Dundee will be hoping to take advantage of St Mirren’s postponed game yesterday to put a gap between them, but Celtic should also be looking to put Dundee to the sword.
Scott Bain, Mikael Lustig, Kieran Tierney, Kristoffer Ajer, Dedryck Boyata, Scott Brown, Nir Bitton, Scott Sinclair, James Forrest, Oliver Burke and Odsonne Edouard.
If the game goes Celtic’s way early on, I reckon Neil will be swift in swapping out some of his starters to allow those who have been on the periphery to be given a chance. Let’s not mess about today Bhoys and just take us ten points clear.
Prediction: Dundee 0 – 4 Celtic