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It was a typical response from Paul Gascoigne. Perhaps his only possible response.

In the face of mounting media mania, the 29-year-old came up with a moment of pure footballing magic.

At the end of a week which saw Gazza accused of wife beating and blasted for his dismissal in Amsterdam, Walter Smith kept faith with his troubled star, playing him against Aberdeen at Ibrox yesterday.

After 27 minutes of taunting from the travelling Dons contingent, Gascoigne won a free-kick and promptly curled it past Nick Walker from all of 25 yards.

It was some goal. It won't put right the wrongs of a difficult week - which is probably why Smith described his performance as "All right."

The Dons fought back to emerge with a 2-2 draw which means Celtic could go top if they win at Hearts today.
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Title Annotation:Sport
Publication:Sunday Mirror (London, England)
Date:Oct 20, 1996
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