Dundee v Celtic preview: Leigh Griffiths and Scott Brown remain unavailable

Celtic will aim to maintain their rejuvenated domestic form when the visit Dundee, who are propping up the Scottish Premiership.

After a faltering start to the season, the champions look to be on their way back to their best with 13 goals in their last three domestic games, including the 3-0 Betfred Cup semi-final win over Hearts at Murrayfield on Sunday.

Rodgers believes the turnaround is down to retaining belief in the “process.”

The Northern Irishman said: “We have been working very hard on the training field, reassuring the players of their ability to focus and continue believing.

“What is important is that we can have no doubt about how we work and how we play and the players have shown that over the last few years.

“Sometimes you have periods where you don’t take your chances or don’t score and for us at the beginning of the season we weren’t creating as much.

“But we are much more synchronised in our movement now.

“Players are closer together, more compact in attack which allows you to have the ability to combine more and from there look to do what we do which is to break lines in behind teams and we have taken most of our chances.

“I would expect us to get better as the season goes on.”

Dundee are bottom of the table and new boss Jim McIntyre has lost first two matches since taking over from Neil McCann.

However, Celtic left-back Kieran Tierney said: “There is no complacency with us.

“We know it is going to be a hard game, whether their run of form is good or bad, we know it is always going to be a tough game.”

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Dundee will be without club captain Josh Meekings, who is struggling with a hip injury.

On-loan Celtic player Calvin Miller will also miss out as he cannot play against his parent club.

Celtic will have several players missing through injury.

Scott Brown, Jozo Simunovic, Cristian Gamboa and Yousouff Mulumbu and Leigh Griffiths remain unavailable. The Hoops striker has not played since the 6-0 win over St Johnstone at McDiarmid Park earlier in the month and pulled out of the last Scotland squad for fitness reasons, with a calf injury being a recent concern.

Tom Rogic is available after playing in the League Cup semi-final win over Hearts at the weekend, but fellow midfielders Olivier Ntcham and Eboue Kouassi are also both doubts for Wednesday.

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  • Dundee last beat Celtic in the league in May 2001, since going 29 meetings without a victory over the Hoops (D6 L23).
  • Celtic have never lost away at Dundee in the Scottish Premiership in 19 previous visits (W14 D5).
  • Dundee are bottom of the Scottish Premiership having lost nine of their 10 league games so far (W1).
  • Celtic have won each of their last three league games in succession, last winning four on the trot in August 2017 (eight straight wins).
  • Each of Dundee’s five league goals this season have been scored by different players. They are the only Scottish Premiership side yet to see a player score more than one league goal this season.

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