3 memorable games against Dundee from Brendan Rodgers’ first spell

Brendan Rodgers has a terrific record against Dundee, facing the Tayside club nine times during his first spell in Glasgow, with eight wins and a draw.

Since returning to Celtic, Rodgers has made it nine wins in ten, with the comprehensive 3-0 home win back in September adding to this impressive record.

As we prepare for yet another Boxing Day clash, we take a look back on three memorable games from Rodgers’ first tenure at the club against the Dens Park side.

Celtic 2-1 Dundee // Scottish Premiership // 17th December 2016

Whilst the game may not look glamorous based on the scoreline, the highlight of this one was sensational.

The memorable moment was a stunning left-footed free-kick from Leigh Griffiths on the stroke of half-time from about 25-yards out. Free-kicks have always been a dangerous weapon in the forward’s catalogue and this one was one of his best.

It wasn’t plain sailing from then on. Celtic kept the pressure up in the early stages of the second-half and Nir Bitton’s effort from just inside the box put Celtic two ahead.

Things got a bit nervy from then as Dundee rallied and got one back through Marcus Haber, however, the Dens Park side could’ve taken a point from Parkhead had Faisal El-Bakhtaoui not squandered a massive opportunity to tie things up.

Dundee 0-4 Celtic // Scottish League Cup Quarter-Final // 20th September 2017

A much more Celtic-like performance, as Brendan Rodgers’ men dismantled the Dee on a cold September evening in Tayside.

A Scott Sinclair penalty got the scoring underway after Celtic weathered an early Dundee storm. James Forrest, an impeccable performer under Brendan Rodgers, added the second just before the break, which was a killer blow in the tie.

Celtic continued to dominate in the second-half with Callum McGregor getting on the scoresheet and Forrest popping up again to seal a 4-0 win to ensure the historic unbeaten run would continue.


Dundee 0-5 Celtic // Scottish Premiership // 31st October 2018



Celtic had five different goal-scorers on the day as they blew Dundee away in this Halloween encounter at Dens Park.

Celtic ran rampant in the middle stage of the game, with Tom Rogic getting the scoring under way 20 minutes in typically beautiful fashion.

Sinclair netted from the spot 13 minutes later and Celtic went on to add another two goals before the break, with James Forrest and Odsonne Edouard compounding Dundee‘s misery.

Jim McIntyre’s side had endured a rotten start to the season, having won only one game from 11 at that point, and Ryan Christie finished things off shortly after half-time.

Ryan Christie would establish himself as a first-team starter that season and on Halloween night Brendan Rodgers secured his 100th win as Celtic manager.


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