Dundee V Celtic at Dens Park Stadium : Match Preview

30 September 2016
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Paul Hartley calls for Dundee to copy Celtic's Champions League attitude

Dundee will try to mimic Celtic's Champions League attitude when the two sides meet on Saturday, according to manager Paul Hartley.

The Ladbrokes Premiership leaders travel north on the back of a pulsating 3-3 draw with Manchester City.

Brendan Rodgers' team were well worth a point against a side who had won their first 10 games under Pep Guardiola and Hartley will now try to turn the tables.

"It was always going to be difficult playing a top team in fantastic form but Celtic had an outstanding performance," said Hartley. "We know we are up against a quality side.

"We have to make the game difficult for them, a bit like Celtic did to Man City in terms of how they played, pressed and quality on the ball.

"It was a fantastic game of football and a game Celtic deserved something from."

Hartley believes the result was an indication that Scottish football is not as bad as some make out.

The former Celtic midfielder added: "I have never been one to criticise the Scottish game, a lot of people have.

"They were against a team that no-one had taken points from so for Celtic to show that level of commitment and quality against a top team worth hundreds of millions, shows you that we are not too far behind.

"I think that is down to bringing Brendan Rodgers to Scotland and what excitement it has caused in terms of a high-profile manager that he is, a quality manager, a quality coach whom I have huge respect for.

"You look at what he is trying to do at Celtic and transform the team, not just in Scotland but in Europe, so Celtic deserve a lot of credit for bringing him in."

Dundee midfielder Tom Hateley will miss the game due to a groin injury, while defender James McPake remains on the sidelines with a long-term knee problem.

The hosts will, however, be boosted by the return from suspensions of defender Kevin Gomis and midfielder Mark O'Hara.

Meanwhile, Hoops boss Rodgers wants his players to forget their European heroics as they return to league action at Dens Park.

The former Swansea and Liverpool manager is keen to cement top spot in the Ladbrokes Premiership ahead of the international break.

"The players are coming off such a high but if you want to have that winning mentality, it doesn't matter where you go, you have to get the job done, " he said.

"For us, it is about recovering, the (City) game is gone.

"We put in a great performance in the game, it was a great night, but it is on to the next game now.

"The focus and intensity has to be away at Dundee.

"We need another good performance that can gain us a result and then we can close up to go away on international duty.

"Like all teams up here, they are never easy games, they are going to make it very tough. We will respect them like we did Manchester City.

"It is always about us, how we impose our style and intensity into the game and if we do that we always have a chance of winning games."

Rodgers has a full squad to select from but could consider making changes.

Goalkeeper Craig Gordon, who replaced Dorus de Vries after the Dutchman sustained a chest injury in last weekend's game against Kilmarnock, will be looking to keep his place.

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