‘Dundee are the visitors to Celtic Park tonight, weather permitting,’ Jim Craig

Dundee are the visitors to Celtic Park tonight (weather permitting), only days after losing 0-1 to Motherwell at Dens Park.

Manager Neil McCann was not happy with referee Mr Muir’s performance, issuing the perennial post-match response of many managers – “we wuz robbed!”.

The result left the Dark Blues in 9th place in the table, not a position any boss likes to be in and Neil would be even more troubled by reflecting on his side’s record of P28, W8, D4, L16, F30, A43, Pts28.

There is this point when you look down the table when a team’s goals-against column is higher than the goals-for tally..Right now in the Premiership, that line can be drawn under Hearts, in 5th place.

Under that line, teams are struggling and Dundee are in that category, that tally of 16 goals lost being only one better than Ross County, in bottom place.

So, I should imagine that Neil McCann will not be exactly relishing his team’s visit to Parkhead tonight.

As for Celtic, the players must forget all about the difference in positions in the league and take the points as efficiently as possible.

When I checked the results for the weekend, there was one other statistic that caught my attention. Like all the other teams in the Premiership, Dundee have been trying to bring together a squad of talented players, good enough to avoid relegation and, if one is being realistic, hoping to reach the later stages of the two major cup competitions.

But how can a provincial club manage to do that when the home attendance for the Motherwell match was 5,003!

Jim Craig

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Lisbon Lion and Celtic Ambassador Jim Craig provides The Celtic Star readers with a 365 day diary of all things Celtic, providing a remarkable and unique insight into our club from one of the players who won us The Celtic Star in Lisbon on 25 May 1967.

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