It really was a day to forget for Paul Hartley and Dundee against Celtic yesterday.
Ronny Deila’s Hoops, fresh from their result in the Europa League in Amsterdam, were rampant against the Dark Blues.
They scored six but could easily have hit double figures had they hit their very best.
So what can Dundee learn from the Parkhead disaster? Here’s five things to get your teeth into…
Loy’s time to shine
One of the big problems Dundee had at Celtic Park was that the ball kept coming back too quickly. They had no one up top who could hold it up and buy the beleaguered defenders a bit breathing space. This is one of the skills Loy brings to the table.
When he has played this season Dundee have looked a better side. Plain and simple.
Give Calder wings
Flying wideman Riccardo Calder could be just the spark the Dark Blues need out wide.
For the half hour he got at Parkhead he caused problems with his pace and fearless running.
He has got something different, compared the rest of Dundee’s forward options. With Ross County in town this weekend it might be about time the manager let him loose.
Bain is one of the best in the business
Scott Bain was Dundee’s man of the match yesterday. This was by no means a close decision – he was a million miles ahead of anyone else in dark blue on the day.
In fact, he was probably the only one who got even close to deserving a pass mark.
On four or five occasions he pulled off world class saves. Yes, he dropped the ball for Nadir Ciftci’s disallowed effort but we will forgive him that.
If it wasn’t for him the Hoops could have made it a hell of a lot more embarrassing.
Midfield and full-back areas a concern
Although the signs of progress have been there this season, doubts still remain.
One of the major issues at the weekend was how a supposedly experienced midfield was taken to task by Celtic. The Dark Blues men in the engine-room, in particular Kevin Thomson and Gary Harkins barely got a kick.
In the wide areas Dundee were also cut open too easily. Usually reliable Paul McGinn, in particular, had a day to forget.
Be careful – don’t get too carried away
If you’re going to save your worst for any game it may as well be against Celtic.
Chances are that even on a good day you’d still get beat by two or three at Parkhead.
The Dark Blues had a shocker. And the scoreline tells that story perfectly.
But there has been plenty to get excited about this season to date.
This, is most likely, a one to write, forget about and move on swiftly.