Published: Mon, March 20, 2017
Sport | By Ellis Neal

Celtic reach brink of dominant Scottish title win

Celtic reach brink of dominant Scottish title win

But Jozo Simunovic's flick towards goal deflected off Kevin Gomis to creep in, and Stuart Armstrong headed in a James Forrest cross to double the lead.

The midfielder will join up with the Scotland squad this week ahead of the worldwide double header against Canada and Slovenia.

"He's a big talent and he's only going one way, which is nice for Celtic and for Scotland", said Rodgers.

"We played some good football at times and had good control of the game". I have always believed that worldwide football is about technique, speed, mobility and a tactical awareness of the game.

"He's got all the tools to play at the top level of global football so he can certainly go in and play".

Armstrong admitted it was great to be back in the Scotland set-up. "I had to pull out because of injury and it was a frustrating time".

"I'm a little bit older now and a little bit more experienced with the Champions League and accepting the pressure of winning every week with Celtic".

Celtic are within one victory of a sixth successive title - they can secure it against Hearts at Tynecastle on April 2 - after a win that had to be ground out against a stubborn Dundee side at Dens Park.

Singling out Armstrong's display, Rodgers added: 'I thought he was outstanding again.

"It has been a long season and we are really motivated to finish as strongly as we can".

Dundee, meanwhile, remain in eighth place, four points off the top six.

Hartley said: "We had a right go and put Celtic under pressure".

'The second goal he finished off a move where we had about five or six players in the box, lining up to score.

"We have a couple of weeks and I hope they all come back from worldwide duty fine", he added. I always said when I came in we weren't defending a title, we were looking to win it. Scotland manager Gordon Strachan has already suggested he will resist using Celtic's wearying players in the friendly match with Canada at Easter Road, bringing in the likes of Scott Brown, Craig Gordon and perhaps Armstrong for the later - and more critical clash - with Slovenia.

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