DEJECTED Dundee boss Jim McIntyre admitted he was surprised at the amount of stoppage time allowed in his team’s last-gasp defeat against Celtic at Dens Park yesterday.

The encounter was poised at 0-0 with the game going into the sixth minute of added-on time when Odsonne Edouard struck to give the champions victory.

The Frenchman’s dramatic winner handed the champions a 10-point advantage over Rangers at the top of the Premiership with only eight games to play.

However, it also meant the Tayside outfit, for all their heroics against Neil Lennon’s men, remain a solitary point ahead of basement side St Mirren and fighting for survival.

It was the second time McIntyre had seen his team lose to the Parkhead men at home this season, but on the other occasion the confrontation was effectively over at the interval with the Glasgow giants FOUR goals ahead.

The Dens gaffer believed there would be “probably four maximum” of minutes of extended play, but insisted his team only had themselves to blame.

McIntyre, speaking to BT Sport, said: “It was obviously extremely disappointing to lose so late on.

“I thought we deserved a point for the effort we put into the game, but, ultimately, we’ve been done in the last minute or two of the six that were added on.

“Having said that, that’s not the reason we lost. We had a great opportunity on the counter-attack with two minutes to go and we’ve got to be better.

“That’s the reason we are where we are.

“We’ve been getting into such good areas in each of our last few games and haven’t punished teams.

“We need to be better in the final third, simple as that.

“We didn’t do what Celtic did. They were ruthless. That’s why we’ve not picked up enough points since I came here.”


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Acclaimed author Alex Gordon wrote the biography of Scotland international legend Denis Law, entitled 'King and Country'. He is a former columnist with World Soccer magazine and Scottish correspondent of respected European journal L'Equipe.

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