Super-sub Leigh Griffiths scored a second-half equaliser as Celtic came from behind to rescue a 1-1 draw in their Scottish Premiership clash with Dundee at Dens Park.
Dundee made a stunning start as James McPake took just 41 seconds to head them in front from a Philip Roberts corner. Still reeling from their UEFA Champions League exit in midweek,Fifa Coins, Celtic did play with renewed energy after the break and found themselves on level terms in the 55th minute when Griffiths, subject of a rejected loan bid by Hibernian before the match, grabbed his first goal of the season after his shot took a wicked deflection on its way into the net.
However, the Glasgow giants couldn’t capitalise on their momentum and it was Dundee who came closest to a winner with a hat-trick of chances for substitute Martin Boyle. Celtic now head into the international break sitting in a lowly fifth position in the league table, six points behind leaders Inverness Caledonian Thistle, albeit with a game in hand.
It is a fourth successive match without a win for the Scottish champions and heaps the pressure on under-fire Hoops boss Ronny Deila just two months into his Celtic career.
"In the first half we didn’t create enough and didn’t get the ball moving quick enough. It was very passive from us," Deila said. "I think in the second half we were more aggressive. We were much more direct and dangerous after Griffiths came on and that was positive."
Dundee manager Paul Hartley said his side, who are still unbeaten on their return to the top flight, had been excellent.
"I thought the players gave a good account of themselves and created the better chances in good situations," the former Celtic midfielder said.
"We had a dream start but I thought after that we were excellent at times when we broke at Celtic with real pace."