Celtic 0-0 Dundee: Brendan Rodgers' side held by relegation strugglers
By PA Sport
Last Updated: 04/04/18 10:33pm
Celtic's charge towards another Scottish Premiership title hit an unexpected bump with a goalless draw against relegation battlers Dundee at Parkhead.
Brendan Rodgers' side were below-par and wasteful in front of goal, though Neil McCann's men deserved credit for a resolute defending display.
The treble-chasing home side at least move 10 points clear of second-placed Aberdeen with six games remaining, but the more significant point could be the one the Taysiders battled for to take them five points clear of Ross County - who occupy the relegation play-off spot - and bottom side Partick Thistle.
There was less than three minutes played when Dundee goalkeeper Elliot Parish was called upon to save a close-range drive from striker Moussa Dembele after he had worked a clever one-two with wide-man James Forrest.
Dundee's first attempt on goal in the 11th minute almost saw them take the lead with Simon Murray's vicious drive from 25 yards tipped over the crossbar for a corner by the stretching Craig Gordon, who was making his 200th appearance for the club.
Celtic pushed Dundee back again but the Taysiders looked organised, although Parish had to push a Forrest drive past a post just before the half-hour mark, before Scott Sinclair headed over from the corner.
Dundee were slowly growing in confidence as the first half unfolded, but there was a let-off in the 39th minute when Forrest swept a Mikael Lustig cut-back over the bar from 14 yards.
Celtic enjoyed some luck in added time when Dedryck Boyata's tackle on Roarie Deacon at the edge of the box saw the ball fly past Gordon, only to rebound off a post with Jack Hendry completing the clearance.
Parish made saves from Forrest, Stuart Armstrong and Sinclair as Celtic stepped up the tempo at the start of the second half.
But in the 66th minute, Rodgers showed what he thought of proceedings with a triple substitution. Leigh Griffiths, Odsonne Edouard and Olivier Ntcham came on for Dembele, Sinclair and Tom Rogic in a bid to shake up the home side.
Celtic kept pushing forward but there was little conviction in many of their attacks and almost all of their finishing.
In the 87th, minute Hendry headed a Griffiths free-kick inches past a post but there was to be no late winner for the Parkhead men.