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Saturday, 15 April, 2000, 18:50 GMT 19:50 UK
Dundee saved by Gould error

Celtic 2-2 Dundee

Celtic goalkeeper Jonathan Gould made a sensational blunder to hand Dundee a share of the spoils at Parkhead.

After Celtic fought back from Francisco Luna's early header to take the lead with goals from Stephane Mahe and Mark Burchill, Gould gifted the visitors an equaliser by somehow spilling the ball into his own goal.

That shocking mistake left Celtic an astonishing 18 points behind their Old Firm rivals Rangers with just six games remaining, while Dundee secured a vital point in their bid to stay clear of an end of season play-off at the bottom.

"I'm disappointed," admitted Celtic's interim manager Kenny Dalglish.

"We gave them a start with the early goal but got ourselves back in front just before half time.



The mistake Gould made wasn't as bad as many other mistakes we made

Kenny Dalglish

"We should have gone on to win the game after that. Jonathan will obviously attract one or two of the headlines because of the second goal and the mistake he made."

"But the mistake he made wasn't as bad as many other mistakes we made out there but unfortunately for him he's going to be the one that's going to be the focal point."

It took nine minutes for the home side to trouble Dundee goalkeeper Robert Douglas when Mahe picked out Jackie McNamara in the box, but his shot was comfortably saved by Douglas.

Stilian Petrov then orchestrated a chance for himself in the 25th minute when he twisted and turned in the box to make himself room to shoot, but his effort whistled just past the post.

But this lifted Celtic and in the 27th minute, Mark Burchill had a tremendous opportunity to equalise when he was put through by Eyal Berkovic, but his effort was blocked by the feet of Douglas.

Celtic draw level

However, Celtic were on level terms in the 31st minute when Australian striker Viduka got to the by-line and his cross was headed emphatically home at the far post by Mahe.

Dundee defender then went into the referee's book when he brought down Burchill who was threatening to bare down on goal after Berkovic's beautifully-weighted through ball.

From the resulting free kick Viduka hit a curling effort around the Dundee wall but Douglas got down low to his left to deny him.


Match facts
1 min - Luna scores with early header
30 mins - Mahe draws Celtic level
45 mins - Burchill puts Celtic ahead
54 mins - Gould blunder saves Dundee
However, Celtic did take the lead on the stroke of half time when Berkovic again played Burchill through and the youngster made no mistake this time to shoot past Douglas.

The Parkhead faithful were left stunned again in the 54th minute when Dundee were gifted an equaliser following an incredible blunder from Scotland international goalkeeper Gould.

Artero crossed from the left and Gould appeared to comfortably collect a poor header from substitute Graham Bayne and had it firmly in his grasp but inexplicably let it slip out and into his goal.

This amazing reprieve spurred the visitors on.

Celtic left the field to resounding jeers and the crowd will be hoping Hiddink or whoever takes the reins at the club can dramatically turn the club's fortunes around.

Teams:

Celtic: Gould, Riseth, Mjallby, Tebily, McNamara, Berkovic, Petrov, Blinker, Mahe, Burchill, Viduka. Subs: Kerr, Moravcik, Crainey, Healy, de Ornelan.

Dundee: Douglas, Smith, Wilkie, Ireland, Maddison, Rae, Artero, Billio, McSkimming, Annand, Luna. Subs: Langfield, Miller, Tweed, Boyack, Bayne.

Referee: Stewart Dougal (Glasgow)

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