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McStay worry for Celts.

GSV Gouda 1 Celtic 8

Celtic suffered a major blow last night when club captain Paul McStay limped off after just 37 minutes of this friendly.

The Scotland midfielder, making his comeback following a close-season ankle operation, was clattered by GSV skipper Gheo van Eck and limped off to be replaced by Peter Grant.

However, that was Celtic's only problem as they coasted to yet another convincing win.

GSV goalkeeper Henny Ijzerman saved his side twice in the opening ten minutes, blocking a pointblank drive from Andreas Thom and turning behind a Simon Donnelly effort. Jackie McNamara should have opened the scoring from a perfect Tosh McKinlay cross but his shot was blocked on the line.

Stewart Kerr saved a well struck free kick from Toon Degenkamp, but Celtic were making all the running.

Thom came close midway through the first half when Ijzerman touched the striker's 20-yard chip on to the crossbar.

The breakthrough finally came on the half-hour. Thom's pass sent McNamara clear on the right and his cross was blasted home at the near post by Donnelly.

Four minutes later Thom crashed another McNamara cross into the roof of the net from six yards.

Even losing McStay failed to stop Celtic's momentum because they added a third immediately afterwards. Morten Wieghorst raced 30-yards before rifling home from the edge of the penalty area.

The rout was completed by Jorge Cadete, Grant, Brian McLaughlin and Pierre Van Hooijdonk (2).
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Title Annotation:Sport
Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:Jul 25, 1996
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