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Short corner taken by Georgios Samaras.
Gary Hooper takes a shot. Save made by Rab Douglas.
Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Ryan Conroy from the right by-line to the near post, Mikael Lustig manages to make a clearance.
The assistant referee signals for offside against Mark Stewart. Fraser Forster takes the indirect free kick.
Patrick McCourt fouled by James McAlister, the ref awards a free kick. Patrick McCourt delivers the ball from the free kick right-footed from right channel. (Dundee) makes a substitution, with Martin Boyle coming on for Stephen O'Donnell.
Mikael Lustig concedes a free kick for a foul on Mark Stewart. Direct free kick taken by Matthew Lockwood.
Patrick McCourt on for Tony Watt.
Mikael Lustig produces a cross.
Corner taken left-footed by Ryan Conroy, Kelvin Wilson makes a clearance. Inswinging corner taken by James McAlister from the left by-line, free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Fraser Forster by Kyle Benedictus. John Baird goes off and Mark Stewart comes on. Direct free kick taken by Fraser Forster.
Gary Hooper gets on the score sheet with a goal from inside the penalty area low into the middle of the goal. Dundee 0-2 Celtic.The assist for the goal came from Mikael Lustig.
Foul by Kyle Benedictus on Gary Hooper, free kick awarded. Kyle Benedictus receives a yellow card. Gary Hooper goes into the referee's book for unsporting behaviour. Free kick crossed right-footed by Scott Brown, clearance by Stephen O'Donnell.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Stephen O'Donnell by Gary Hooper. Kyle Benedictus restarts play with the free kick.
Emilio Izaguirre gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Stephen O'Donnell. Stephen O'Donnell takes the direct free kick.
James Forrest on for Beram Kayal.
James McAlister takes a inswinging corner to the near post, clearance by Mikael Lustig.
Ryan Conroy is caught offside. Kelvin Wilson takes the free kick.
Corner taken by Ryan Conroy.
Unfair challenge on John Baird by Efe Ambrose results in a free kick. The free kick is delivered left-footed by Ryan Conroy from right wing, Efe Ambrose manages to make a clearance. Kevin McBride takes a shot from long range which goes wide of the left-hand upright.
Colin Nish takes a shot. Fantastic save by Fraser Forster.
Corner taken by Ryan Conroy from the right by-line played to the near post, clearance by Efe Ambrose.
Foul by Scott Brown on Matthew Lockwood, free kick awarded. Rab Douglas restarts play with the free kick.
Charlie Mulgrew goes off and Mikael Lustig comes on.
Efe Ambrose takes a shot. Save made by Rab Douglas.
Tony Watt gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Ryan Conroy. Matthew Lockwood restarts play with the free kick.
Tony Watt gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Matthew Lockwood. Direct free kick taken by Matthew Lockwood.
Stephen O'Donnell gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Victor Wanyama. Kelvin Wilson takes the direct free kick.
Emilio Izaguirre produces a cross.
Inswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Ryan Conroy.
Centre by Emilio Izaguirre, Matthew Lockwood manages to make a clearance.
Matthew Lockwood gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Tony Watt. Charlie Mulgrew takes the free kick. The official flags Victor Wanyama offside. Rab Douglas restarts play with the free kick.
Georgios Samaras takes a shot. Fraser Forster makes a save. Corner taken left-footed by Charlie Mulgrew from the right by-line to the near post, clearance made by Declan Gallagher.
Corner taken by Charlie Mulgrew played to the near post.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Gary Irvine on Tony Watt. The free kick is swung in left-footed by Charlie Mulgrew, clearance by Matthew Lockwood.
Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Charlie Mulgrew from the right by-line, clearance made by James McAlister. Charlie Mulgrew takes the inswinging corner, Georgios Samaras finds the back of the net with a goal from deep inside the penalty box high into the middle of the goal. Dundee 0-1 Celtic.Assist by Tony Watt. Tony Watt takes a shot. Rab Douglas makes a save.
Long distance shot from Gary Hooper misses to the left of the goal.
Inswinging corner taken by Charlie Mulgrew from the right by-line.
Effort on goal by Stephen O'Donnell from outside the area goes harmlessly over the bar.
Lennon relishing Dens Park return
Celtic manager Neil Lennon will return to a ground that holds special memories when he takes his team to play Dundee on Boxing Day.
Lennon made his Celtic debut at Dens Park on December 10, 2000, and marked the occasion with a 2-1 victory.
The win, courtesy of goals from Stiliyan Petrov and Didier Agathe, came two games into a six-month unbeaten run that carried Celtic to the treble in Martin O'Neill's first season as manager.
Lennon now finds himself aiming for the same goal in his third full campaign in charge at Parkhead with his side five points clear going into Christmas.
The former Northern Ireland international, who made more than 300 appearances for Celtic, said of his debut: "I remember it as if it was yesterday. I came up on the Thursday, trained on the Friday at Barrowfield.
"It was 11 o'clock in the morning and we had to put the floodlights on because it was so dark and wet.
"We started the game very, very well but Dundee had a great team then with (Claudio) Caniggia, Giorgi Nemsadze and Juan Sara, people like that.
"They had a real go at us and got an equaliser. Then Didier got the last-minute winner and we went on this incredible run for about three or four months unbeaten. They are very happy memories, very special."
The 41-year-old added: "Twelve years down the line and a lot has happened obviously, a full career almost in football. It's been wonderful.
"I'm sitting here now and I don't think I could have envisaged things going any better for me as a manager in this position right now."
Celtic remain in all four competitions at Christmas for the first time since the Jock Stein era but Lennon is looking for more with a fifth consecutive SPL win for the first time this season the aim on Tayside.
"I don't expect to pull away but I expect us to kick on," he said.
"We are playing well, it was an excellent second half on Saturday, a top-quality performance from everyone.
"With the likes of (James) Forrest coming back to the team, he gives us an extra dimension as well.
"The players have acquitted themselves brilliantly so far and we just want to keep that going.
"Whether other teams can stay with us, I don't know, but it doesn't look like Inverness are letting up and Aberdeen had a good win again at the weekend. It's still very vibrant, the league at the minute."
Dundee manager Barry Smith admits it is a major boost to have club captain Stephen O'Donnell back in his squad, but he will tread carefully over his reintroduction to action.
The 29-year-old was an unused substitute during Saturday's 4-1 defeat at Inverness after recovering from the hamstring injury that has kept him out since August.
Central midfielder Iain Davidson is suspended for the visit of Celtic, but Smith will not throw O'Donnell straight back into the starting line-up.
Smith said: "He's not quite ready to start the game but I think it's great to have him back on the bench and available.
"He's not actually match fit but it's good to see him recovered from what he's had and available for the bench at least.
"We'll see how he's feeling. It's not an easy thing and we will just see how he is between now and Wednesday."
Dundee have Aberdeen at home and St Johnstone away after hosting the champions and goalkeeper Rab Douglas believes it will be a crucial period.
Douglas, who played alongside Celtic manager Neil Lennon at Parkhead, said: "They are massive, we have Aberdeen and Celtic and it will be big crowds. It will be good to see Dens full.
"We have got to believe. The Inverness game is history. We have to look forward to the next game and cut out the basic mistakes.
"After a game where you lose and you are still in the game, you want a game quick, and that's what we have got.
"I have been at Celtic, boys almost seem to try harder against the Old Firm and then maybe lose against a lower team the following week.
"I'm quite sure Lenny will have them warned about that.
"We have got to have a go against Celtic."
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