CHAMPIONS SUFFER FIRST HOME DEFEAT
By Paul Higham
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
A brace by Argentinian striker Fabian Caballero sealed the game for the Dark Blues, despite playing an hour with only ten men following the dismissal of Zurab Khizanishvili for a professional foul.
The Scottish Premier League champions where aiming to stretch their unbeaten run to 27 games at Parkhead, were Martin O'Neill's side have won 23 of the games this season.
However, the visitors took the lead in the 29th minute when Caballero lost his marker just inside the box and slotted the ball past Jonathon Gould into the left hand corner of the goal.
Shortly after the goal came the dismissal of Georgian international Khizanishvili, who was shown the red card by referee Tom Brown for a professional foul.
Brown decided that the defender was the last man as he brought down Henrik Larsson and reduced Dundee down to ten men.
Although a man down, Ivano Bonetti's side then surprisingly doubled their lead three minutes before half time when Caballero grabbed his second goal of the game.
He arrived at the edge of the six-yard box to slot the ball past Gould, and give the visitors a 2-0 lead.
Celtic came out fighting in the second half but despite their man advantage, the Champions could not break down the stubborn Dundee defence.
Martin O'Neill's men had several chances but a combination of poor finishing and great goalkeeping by James Langfield ensured that the Dark Blues inflicted the first home defeat of the season on the new champions of Scotland.