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  • Celts demolish Dundee with scintillating 6-0 win

    Celts demolish Dundee with scintillating 6-0 win

    By: Martin Dalziel on 20 Sep, 2015 17:01

  • SPFL Premiership

    Celtic Park, Glasgow

    Sunday, September 20, 2015

    CELTIC...6

    (Rogic  14, Griffiths 16, Izaguirre 54, 60, Brown 86, Ciftci 88)

    DUNDEE...0

    A SECOND-HALF double from Emilio Izaguirre along with Nadir Ciftci’s first goal for Celtic helped give the Scottish champions a sensational 6-0 win over Dundee at Paradise as the Bhoys put on a show of flair, composure and style in the SPFL Premiership.

    The Honduran’s fourth and fifth goals for the club gave the Celts an unassailable lead in the second-half before substitute Ciftci capped off an impressive overall performance by Ronny Deila’s men with a cute finish through the legs of Scott Bain to round off the scoring.

    It was a scintillating display from the Hoops, who outclassed their opponents from the first whistle, and it could have been even more had it not been for the heroics of Bain in the Dundee goal.

    The tone of the afternoon was set early with two quick goals from Tom Rogic and Leigh Griffiths but it will be Izaguirre’s second-half brace that will be the lasting memory for the Paradise faithful, who almost saw the Honduran make history by getting an unprecedented third from the penalty spot after McGregor was fouled in the box but he blazed his shot well over the bar.

    The fans and players will have been happy with the joy of six, however, as the Bhoys closed the gap on league leaders Aberdeen.

    Three changes were made to the starting XI for the match following the 2-2 draw with Ajax in Amsterdam giving Efe Ambrose and Saidy Janko a chance to impress in defence with Rogic deployed in the central attacking role behind striker Griffiths.

    Celtic started the match with purpose, passing well and pushing Dundee back towards their 18 yard line early on. Griffiths rippled the side netting with a free-kick before Bain pulled out a wonder save to thwart the striker from inside the box but it wasn’t long before the early pressure paid off and the Bhoys opened their account.

    Izaguirre had started the match in impressive fashion, linking up well with James Forrest, and it was the Honduran’s accurate cut-back to Rogic into the area from the left that allowed the Australian to smash in a first-time volley to give the Celts the lead on 14 minutes.

    It was an emphatic finish from the playmaker, who followed it up by helping the champions go two goals up almost immediately after scoring the first.

    Dundee had come up the pitch from the restart but good defensive work from the Celts saw the ball break to Rogic in midfield and he carried it forward before playing a clever pass to Griffiths in the area. The striker had his first shot saved by Bain but was on hand to bury the rebound and give the Hoops a strong lead in the opening stages of the match.

    The Bhoys went in search of a third goal straight after but Dundee upped the tempo after going 2-0 down and began to meet the Celts higher up the pitch to stem the flow of chances being created. Paul Hartley’s side were composed in possession coming forward but lacked penetration in the final third and could only muster speculative shots from distance as they strived to get back into the match.

    Craig Gordon only had one save to make in the first-half, parrying Gary Harkins low free-kick before half-time, but it was the Bhoys who finished on top with Bain once again denying Rogic with a great save on the stroke of half-time.

    The interval did little to quell Celtic’s appetite for attack as they once again pushed Dundee back to their 18 yard box after the restart.

    Australian midfielder Rogic got the first shot in of the second 45 minutes but the Hoops’ third of game came from an unlikely but deserved scorer in the form of Izaguirre.

    The left-back had imposed himself on the match from the start and his trademark runs down the left had created no end of problems for Dundee. And it was through another one of those enterprising moves that he found himself in the box to gather a clever pass from Commons and slot a low, right footed shot beyond Bain to essentially seal the points for Ronny Deila’s men.

    The Hoops weren’t done there and they added to their lead just over five minutes later with Izaguirre grabbing his first ever brace in green and white.

    Saidy Janko, who had been equally as industrious as the left-back all afternoon burst forward from midfield on the right and hit the byline where he chipped in a cross. The centre was deflected by a Dundee defender but it floated over Bain to the back post where Izaguirre was on hand for the tap-in and his second of the game.

    The stars looked to be aligning for the defender and he could have scored a historic hat-trick just minutes later when substitute McGregor was fouled in the box and the Honduran stepped up to take the resulting spot kick. The 29-year-old went for power over finesse, however, and blazed his shot over the bar.

    It wasn’t the fairytale moment the defender was looking for but his earlier double allowed him and the Celtic Park faithful to laugh off the missed chance.

    There was one more historic moment to come afterwards, however, as the Celts incredibly scored another two goals through Scott Brown and Nadir Ciftci, his first for the club.

    The Turkish striker provided the assist for his captain with a clever cut-back for the Hoops midfielder to finish in the box before he capitalised on a slack Dundee back-pass to poke the ball between Bain’s legs for Celtic’s sixth.

    It was an outstanding end to an outstanding display from the champions and will give them a massive confidence boost going into an important week of the season.

    CELTIC (4-2-3-1) Gordon; Janko, Boyata, Ambrose, Izaguirre; Brown, Bitton, Commons (Mackay-Steven 62), Rogic, Forrest (McGregor 62); Griffiths (Ciftci 58)

    Not used: Bailly, Blackett, Stokes, Tierney

    DUNDEE (4-2-3-1) Bain; Irvine, Konrad, McPake, McGinn; Thomson (Calder 59), Ross; Harkins (Loy 59), Low, Stewart; Hemmings (Healy 67)

    Not used: Gourlay, Holt, Carreiro, Meggatt

    Website man of the match: Tom Rogic

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