Celtic kept their hopes of a domestic treble alive this afternoon as they swept aside Dundee with a 2-0 triumph in the Scottish Cup. It was the club’s second 2-0 win in cup competitions in a row, after defeating Rangers in the Old Firm Derby last weekend and pushing through to the League Cup final.
They won the game without the services of their new signings. Celtic snapped up both Gary Mackay-Steven and Stuart Armstrong from Dundee United earlier this week, but the pair were both cup-tied for this fixture.
The goals on the day were provided by Leigh Griffiths and Stefan Johansen and the latter has been praising the signature of two new players by manager Ronny Deila.
The Norwegian told the official Celtic site:
“I am happy we brought the new signings in. They are going to be important for us over the rest of the season and it was good that we kept all our players. Things are looking good just now but there is still a long way to go and we need to keep on going.”
Both Armstrong and Mackay-Steven cannot help in the cup fixtures. They are cup-tied for both the Scottish Cup and League Cup, including a final date in the latter against their former club Dundee United.
However Johansen, who is likely to compete with the pair for a starting berth at Celtic, seems sure the pair will help in the league title race.