Ange Postecoglou’s reign got off to the worst possible start as Celtic were knocked out of the Champions League qualifiers to Midtjylland, before losing their first game of the 2021/22 Scottish Premiership season to recently-promoted Heart of Midlothian, with their misery compounded by Rangers beating Livingston 3-0.
That defeat in Edinburgh came at the death as Scotland international John Souttar netted in the 89th minute to hand the Jam Tarts a 2-1 win, but Celtic did manage to restore some pride on Thursday as they beat Jablonec 4-2 in the first leg of their third qualifying round of the Europa League.
The Glaswegians take on another promoted club domestically this weekend, with Dundee visiting Parkhead following their return to the top flight. James McPake’s side marked their first game back in the premier division with a hard-fought 2-2 draw against St Mirren, holding out for a point having been reduced to 10 men.
Celtic vs Dundee: Match Stats
There was clamour for big signings this summer following a 2020/21 campaign in which Celtic surrendered their Scottish crown to arch-rivals Rangers, and while there haven’t been mega bucks spent, the Glaswegians may have unearthed a hidden gem in Kyogo Furuhashi, who joined from Vissel Kobe for £4.5m.
The Japan international made his debut as a substitute against Hearts but was handed a starting berth on Thursday against Jablonec, netting the second in that six-goal thriller. Furuhashi comes to Europe with a burgeoning reputation in the Far East, a sentiment echoed by his former captain Andres Iniesta.
“To be honest, Kyogo absolutely has the talent to play in Europe,” said Iniesta.
“He’s leading the J1’s scoring chart, but it’s not just that. He’s got strong technique, and I believe he can succeed in Europe.
“I’m sure he’s got scouts watching him already, but it’s going to be tough for us because he scores a lot of goals.
“It’ll be tough but if he goes to Europe I’ll be incredibly happy for him, because for Japanese players it’s a dream to play in Europe.”
Celtic vs Dundee: Squawka Says
Scoreline prediction: Celtic 2-0 Dundee
Celtic vs Dundee: Odds
Celtic vs Dundee: Head to Head
17 Mar 2019 – Dundee 0-1 Celtic – Scottish Premiership
22 Dec 2018 – Celtic 3-0 Dundee – Scottish Premiership
31 Oct 2018 – Dundee 0-5 Celtic – Scottish Premiership
26 Dec 2016 – Dundee 0-2 Celtic – Scottish Premiership
Dundee have now gone seven games against Celtic without finding the back of the net. The last time these sides met in Glasgow was the 2018/19 season during the festive period, and Celtic was certainly not in a charitable mood that afternoon as they ran amok in a 3-0 triumph, with a brace from Mikey Johnston and another from Filip Benkovic enough to get the job done.