Saturday, January 12, 2008

Scottish Cup/Fourth Round

Scottish Cup – Fourth Round
Saturday, January 12, 2008
Celtic Park, Glasgow

(Vennegoor of Hesselink 37, McDonald 70, Nakamura 75)


CELTIC (4-4-2) Boruc; Hinkel, Caldwell, McManus, Naylor; Nakamura (Hartley 76), Brown (O’Brien 76), Donati, McGeady; McDonald (Killen 82), Vennegoor of Hesselink
Subs not used: M.Brown, O’Dea

STIRLING ALBION (4-5-1) Christie; Nugent, Ellis, Graham, Devine; Harris (Walker 71), Hay, Aitken, McBride (Lilley 79), Forsyth; McKenna (Rodriguez 65)
Subs not used: Hogarth, Taggart

ANDREAS HINKEL made his Celtic debut and Shunsuke Nakamura returned to action with a bang as the Hoops began their defence of the Scottish Cup with a routine 3-0 win over Stirling Albion.

The German produced an excellent display at right-back and linked up well with Nakamura, who provided the goal of the game with a trademark left-foot effort. Jan Vennegoor of Hesselink and Scott McDonald were also on target.

On a freezing day in Glasgow, Celtic fans turned up for the club’s first game of 2008 perhaps expecting a glut of goals. That never materialised, but most importantly the Hoops progressed into the next round, where they will meet either Airdrie United or Kilmarnock.

Manager Gordon Strachan gave Stirling huge respect by naming a strong starting XI for the match. The First Division outfit fielded a young side but did have an ex-Celt in their starting line-up in midfielder John Paul McBride, who was with the club as a youngster during the 1990s.


Got a positive look at the bhoys new signing and Naka seems healthy, a success all around in this cup match!!



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