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Sunday, 17 February, 2002, 14:45 GMT
Celtic a class above Dundee
Larsson slides in the opening goal for Celtic
Larsson slides in the opening goal for Celtic
Dundee 0-3 Celtic

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Celtic showed why a second successive SPL title is an inevitability with a resounding victory over Dundee at Dens Park.

The visitors' midfield overpowered and outclassed their opponents, paving the way for a comfortable win, sealed in the first half by Henrik Larsson and Johan Mjallby.

John Hartson added a third in the second half and despite the best efforts of Temuri Ketsbaia, Dundee were unable to grab even a consolation goal.

Dundee were first on to the attack and Ketsbaia tested Rab Douglas from long range, but the Celtic keeper saved well.

The first goal of the game arrived in 20 minutes. John Hartson turned his marker and played Paul Lambert in on goal.

Barry Smith's challenge simply knocked the ball into the path of Larsson who had an easy task to knock the ball into the empty net with Speroni stranded.

Chris Sutton ought to have doubled the lead five minutes later when he got on the end of Bobo Balde's knockdown, but he hit his shot straight at Speroni.

Hartson and Mjallby celebrate the second goal
Hartson and Mjallby celebrate the second goal
Dundee were well out of the game but Ketsbaia powered his way through the Celtic defence just after the half-hour mark but his shot was weak.

Walter Del Rio then gifted Hartson a chance but the Welshman chipped the ball over Speroni and the crossbar.

Dundee were given some encouragement seven minutes before the break when Larsson had to go off with a hamstring injury, with Moravcik replacing him.

But the visitors doubled their lead five minutes later, the unmarked Mjallby stooping to head Didier Agathe's cross past Speroni.

Dundee began the second half on the look-out for goals but were unable to test Douglas.

Speroni was not under great pressure either although Stilian Petrov drove just wide from 20 yards out after 62 minutes.

Dundee should have pulled a goal back in 70 minutes after great work by Ketsbaia released Massimo Beghetto on the left.

Hartson puts Celtic three ahead
Hartson puts Celtic three ahead
His cross found Steven Milne but he headed wide from inside the six-yard box.

They had another chance moments later when substitute Khaled Kemas dispossessed Balde only for Douglas to block his shot and Lambert superbly blocked Ketsbaia's follow-up.

Hartson put the game well beyond Dundee in 75 minutes, deftly lifting the ball over Speroni after Moravcik's cross.

Kemas drove just wide of Douglas' goal a couple of minutes later as Dundee looked to take some consolation from the game.

Speroni saved well from Moravcik near the end before Kemas, who looked bright after coming on, blasted one shot just wide and had another brilliantly saved by Douglas.

Ketsbaia fired another long-range effort off the post in the final minute to sum up Dundee's afternoon.


Dundee: Speroni, Smith, Zhiyi, Del Rio, Beghetto, Romano, Rae, Ketsbaia, MacKay (Artero 45), Milne (Sara 73), Caballero (Kemas 57).

Subs not used: Langfield, Robertson.

Booked: Beghetto, Ketsbaia, Romano.

Celtic: Douglas, Mjallby, Sutton, Balde, Agathe (Smith 78), Lambert (Guppy 73), Lennon, Petrov, Thompson, Hartson, Larsson (Moravcik 38).

Subs not used: Gould, Crainey.

Booked: Thompson.

Att: 10,642

Ref: Mike McCurry

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