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Thursday 29 September 2016

Celtic draw blank at Dens

Dundee 0 Celtic 0

Dundee's Craig Wighton and Celtic's Dedryk Boyata battle for the ball during the match at Dens Park, Dundee. Photo: Jane Barlow/PA
Dundee's Craig Wighton and Celtic's Dedryk Boyata battle for the ball during the match at Dens Park, Dundee. Photo: Jane Barlow/PA
Celtic manager Ronny Deila looks on in disbelieft during the Scottish Premiership match at Dens Park, Dundee. Photo: Jane Barlow/PA
Dundee's Cameron Kerr and Celtic's Gary Mackay-Steven battle for the ball during the match. Photo: Jane Barlow/PA

Celtic left the door open for Ladbrokes Premiership title rivals Aberdeen yet again as the were held to a 0-0 draw by Dundee.

The Hoops were looking to re-establish their seven-point lead at the top of the table at Dens Park.

But they failed to find a way past Paul Hartley's men in the City of Discovery, with the stalemate meaning they boast just a five-point advantage over the Dons with six games to play.

Derek McInnes' team, who have one more game against the Hoops after the split, will now hope they can push Celtic all the way to the wire.

It took Celtic's impressive loan star Patrick Roberts just seven minutes to give the first glimpse of his talent. The on-loan Manchester City forward took Kevin Holt out the game with a clever flick but blazed his shot over.

Leigh Griffiths was struggling with a series of sloppy touches and was frustrated again when Bain blocked at his feet after he was put in by Stefan Johansen's dummy.

The hosts threatened too as Nick Ross' snapshot was pushed away by Craig Gordon while Rory Loy could only aim straight at the keeper after being set free by Kane Hemmings' flick-on.

Kieran Tierney was also impressing for Celtic and almost created the opener two minutes before the break as he picked out Johansen with a low cut-back, but the Norwegian's strike ricocheted off Griffiths and bounced against Bain's post before Holt could smack clear.

Ronny Deila's team kept pushing, coming close with a pair of headers from Mikael Lustig and Charlie Mulgrew from back-to-back corners, but the longer the match went, the more desperate their efforts became.

Deila threw on striker Colin Kazim-Richards who wasted a pair of crosses, sparking a groan from the Hoops faithful as Dundee held out for a valuable point in their bid to claim a top-six spot.

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