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McStay magic!

Celtic skipper Paul McStay admitted to having a touch of the butterflies before making his comeback after missing 20 games in a four-month injury- imposed exile.

Then his manager Tommy Burns revealed that he hadn't intended using him from the start.

All doubts were wiped out from the 32-year-old midfielder's first touch.

"He showed us all what we've been missing all season," said Burns. "He was easily the best player on the field."

No argument about that.

"My fitness was better than I expected and I was pretty pleased with the way I played. I felt quite confident," enthused McStay, who had two ankle operations in the close season and made just three appearances in August.

Dunfermline took a shock lead through former Celt Gerry Britton.

Celtic then pounded the Pars' goalmouth from all angles. And Jorge Cadete, two, Pierre Van Hooijdonk and Simon Donnelly put them 4-1 up before Britton's consolation.
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Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:Dec 30, 1996
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