Celtic left it until the very last to beat relegation candidates Dundee and consolidate their position at the top of the table.
Unsurprisingly it was the visitors who dominated the exchanges in the first-half absolutely swamping Dundee’s box with green and white shirts, and really it should not have taken such last-minute heroics to save the three points.
Scott Sinclair had the perfect opportunity to open the scoring but saw his effort instinctively denied by Dundee keeper Dieng from close-range on the 17-minute mark.
It was not long before Dieng was called into action again – this time denying a long-range speculative effort from Celtic captain, and Sinclair’s follow-up.
The winger really should have done better to deny the keeper of his plaudits, but another miss effort, again saved by the resolute keeping of Dieng five, minutes before halftime, all but highlighted the quality performance from the man between the sticks.
A rare sight on goal nearly rewarded Dundee for their staunch defensive efforts with a surprise lead over the champions, but Bain was equal to Scott Wright’s close-range shot.
A scrappy second-half was underlined by extended delays, the first stock of extra time accumulated thanks to injuries to Darren O’Dea and John O’Sullivan, before Kristoffer Ajer had to leave prematurely due to a facial injury.
This would prove to be the difference.
Celtic pressed on until the very end and with virtually the last minute of the game they were rewarded for their perseverance.
Odsonne Eduard latched onto James Forrest ball down the left-back, and traversing the attempted tackle from Martin Woods, poked home (90+6) to secure an important win.
James Forrest was sensational on the day and deserved the Man of the Match award, but credit where credit is due, Michael Johnstone deserves an honourable mention.
Johnstone is often considered one of Celtic’s brightest talents and it is extremely easy to see why.
A lively, youthful performance full with dynamism and fearlessness – the 19-year-old gave it his all when searching for an opportunity to break down the opposing midfield, and his tireless efforts were undoubtedly one of the few positives that can be taken from a relatively frustrating team performance (which has duly been forgotten).
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