Dundee midfielder Lewis Spence believes Celtic are ‘there to be beaten’

Lewis Spence is confident Dundee have what it takes to down unbeaten Celtic.

Dundee midfielder Lewis Spence reckons Celtic are not invincible as the Dark Blues prepare to face last season’s treble champions in Premiership action on Saturday.

Celtic are the defending league, Scottish Cup and Betfred Cup winners and have been practically unplayable in Scottish football since manager Brendan Rodgers took the reins in Glasgow’s east end last summer.

The Dee travel through to the west coast to face a home side unbeaten in their last 58 domestic games.

However, Spence believes it is time for that run to come to an end, citing their 2-2 draw with Hibs before the international break as cause for optimism.

“Going to Parkhead we’ll be up against a top team,” Spence said.

“They’re a Champions League team but Hibs took points off them a couple of weeks ago, so it shows it can be done.

“They’re definitely there to be beaten.”

Spence played in the recent 4-0 Betfred Cup quarter-final defeat to the Hoops at Dens Park.

Celtic came out 4-0 winners the last time the two teams met.

He endured a stiff test in the middle of the park as the away side continued to defend their formidable status with goals from Scott Sinclair, Callum McGregor and a James Forrest double doing the damage.

Yet, the 21-year-old midfielder admits he will be in for an easier afternoon by not having to come up against injured Scotland internationals Scott Brown (hamstring) and Stuart Armstrong (calf).

Spence said: “They’ve not got many weaknesses but I think things are made easier with Scott Brown and Stuart Armstrong out.

“They are key players for Celtic, so we might have a half-chance now of getting something but it’s hard to say how we’ll do.

“They are 50-odd games unbeaten and are a top team but we need to try to be at our best and hope they’re having an off-day.

“Then you never know what can happen.”

Spence has enjoyed a five-game run in boss Neil McCann’s side and impressed in the recent wins over St Johnstone and Hearts.

He also played his part as Dundee picked up a valuable away point at Kilmarnock.

Despite Dundee’s only high-profile match action in the past fortnight coming in the form of Friday’s Dave Mackay testimonial game, Spence insists they feel fresh and ready to keep up a positive run which has seen them climb to eighth in the top-flight.

The ex-Dunfermline and Brechin City man didn’t feature in the 5-3 Dundee victory against a St Johnstone select side but is happy with how they have recovered in the league.

Spence added: “We’ve had a wee break which was good for us to be able to recharge the batteries a little.

“We had a bit of a dodgy start to the season but we kept at it.

“We’ve stuck together as a team and the manager’s telling us to keep doing the same things.

“We’re disappointed we didn’t get the three points at Kilmarnock but to get home wins against two good teams like St Johnstone and Hearts can only stand us in good stead for the rest of the season.”

Dundee’s last win over Celtic came 30 games ago in 2001.

The Dark Blues will be hoping to replicate that historic 2-0 victory at Parkhead but their recent record suggests it will be a tough task.

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