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Celtic signed James McCarthy and Joe Hart on Wednesday, with the former swiftly introduced to the starting line-up as Celtic secured a 4-2 win away at Jablonec on Thursday.
A first competitive win under Ange Postecoglou will be a major confidence boost, though other results over the past few weeks still linger in the mind.
Failure to overcome Danish outfit Midtjylland in a Champions League qualifier over two legs was painful, while beyond that they suffered defeats to Preston North End (1-0) and West Ham (6-2) in friendlies, as well as going down 2-1 away at Hearts in their top-flight opener.
Dundee came a distant second in last season’s Championship, finishing 12 points adrift of Hearts, before coming through play-offs with Raith Rovers and Kilmarnock.
After a two-year absence from the top flight, they kicked off their return with a solid 2-2 draw hosting St. Mirren last weekend, though of course Celtic are a completely different proposition.
Both Teams To Score
Dundee’s last Premiership campaign saw them lose all three encounters with the Hoops by a combined 9-0 scoreline.
However, the makeup of Celtic’s backline isn’t the same these days and the visitors might well fancy their chances of registering a goal this time around.
Despite the reinforcement of a former England number one, Celtic still shipped two goals midweek as the defence failed to convince yet again, especially for the first concession which came from a simple ball over the top.
That leaves the Hoops with just a single clean sheet in nine appearances under new management when including friendly results.
The attack looks in better shape and for all their recruitment issues, the Hoops should expect to land their first league victory on home turf.
It remains to be seen if Odsonne Edouard is recalled to the line-up having been benched against Jablonec, with replacement Kyogo Furuhashi bagging a goal on his first start, even if the Japanese international squandered another chance as he blazed over from inside the six-yard box.
Meanwhile, 19-year-old Liel Abada continued an impressive start to his time at Celtic with his second goal in four games in a lively performance, while as ever James Forrest and Ryan Christie offer excellent attacking options.
Both teams to score looks like an appetizing prospect in this encounter then, especially when considering Dundee’s other results this term.
They won all four of their League Cup group matches against Brora Rangers, Ross County, Montrose and Forfar Athletic, netting 14 goals as they scored at least twice in each appearance.
Moreover, they also enjoyed 3-0 wins over Forfar Athletic and Leyton Orient in pre-season friendlies, as well as a 2-2 draw with West Ham.