Giorgos Giakoumakis scores hat-trick to send Celtic 3 points clear of Old Firm rivals Rangers at the top of the league.
It was a hard-fought win in the end for Celtic as they won 3-2 against Dundee at Celtic Park in a thrilling game. This means that they have extended their lead at the top of the table to three points.
Dundee took a surprising lead when Danny Mullen tapped the ball into a half empty net from a corner in the first half. Not too long after that Giakoumakis grabbed his first two goals of the day before halftime.
Going into the second half you would have thought how many Celtic could get after going in front at the break. Because outside of the goal from the corner they were not threatened one bit in the first half.
But instead, it was Dundee who scored the next goal to equalise and make it 2-2, the goal came from another set piece where the Dundee defender Ryan Sweeney tucked away a free header past Joe Hart. And just as there was a bit of panic in the air at Celtic Park Giakoumakis grabbed his hat-trick and most importantly the winner.
Celtic appealed to the referee for a potential penalty in the first half where it looked like a Dundee defender elbowed Giakoumakis, but it looked like the referee didn’t spot the incident clearly. And also, Dundee appealed for a penalty very late on in the game because it had looked like the ball had hit Celtic winger Jota’s arm, but it wasn’t given as a penalty.
What this result means for both sides is that Celtic are now three points clear of second place Rangers, whereas Dundee are rock bottom of the table being two points from safety with a game in hand.
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Celtic manager Ange Postecoglou post-match said:
“Good result and good performance. We played some good football and probably should have won more comfortably.”
“It’s not the way you want to win games all the time, but we’ve been on a great run of form in the league for quite a while and you can’t do that unless you are showing resilience at certain times throughout games.”
?️ "Good result and good performance. We played some good football and probably should have won more comfortably."
— Celtic Football Club (@CelticFC) February 20, 2022
Dundee manager Mark McGhee post-match said:
“I was encouraged, I was convinced before the game that the players would roll up their sleeves and they would work hard for each other, they’ve still got to learn to trust us and work for us, but I knew they would work hard for themselves and the support.”
“There was a handball but the technicality of it I didn’t quite understand apparently the ref said if you head it it’s not a penalty if you head it off your own arm.”
?️"It was headed by one Celtic player onto another Celtic player's hand and therefore would have been a penalty."
New Dundee boss Mark McGhee was 'encouraged' by their 3-2 defeat at Celtic and thinks his side could have been awarded a penalty? pic.twitter.com/TxgqQNP51B
— Sky Sports Scotland (@ScotlandSky) February 20, 2022