Friday 24 March 2017

Millennium baby (16) scores with first touch just two minutes into Celtic debut

GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - FEBRUARY 10: Jack Aitchison of Celtic celebrates scoring during the UEFA Youth Champions League match between Celtic and Valencia at Celtic Park on February 10, 2016 in Glasgow, Scotland. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty images)
GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - FEBRUARY 10: Jack Aitchison of Celtic celebrates scoring during the UEFA Youth Champions League match between Celtic and Valencia at Celtic Park on February 10, 2016 in Glasgow, Scotland. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty images)

Scottish Premiership champions Celtic rounded off Ronny Deila's reign as manager with a thumping 7-0 victory over Motherwell at Celtic Park.

The Hoops, who had made certain of the title with a victory over second-placed Aberdeen last weekend, hit top form and began their rout in the 21st minute when 18-year-old left-back Kieran Tierney opened the scoring with his first for the club. Further goals from midfielder Tom Rogic and stand-in skipper Mikael Lustig had the points secured by the interval.

Further strikes from Stuart Armstrong and Patrick Roberts at the start of the second half put Celtic Park in party mode before Ryan Christie grabbed his first Hoops goal before the hour mark.

There was another notable event as 16-year-old debutant substitute Jack Aitchison - the youngest player to play for the club - made it seven with his first touch.

Aberdeen slumped to a 4-0 home defeat to Ross County at Pittodrie.

Brian Graham (23), Alex Schalk (45) and Liam Boyce (68) put the Staggies well in charge and Martin Woods rounded off the scoring with a stunning long-range strike in the 78th minute which gave debutant Australian goalkeeper Aaron Lennox absolutely no chance.

In the day's other game, Hearts were held 2-2 by St Johnstone at Tynecastle, with all four goals in Edinburgh coming in the first 20 minutes.

The Jambos, who will join Aberdeen in the Europa League next season, were 2-0 down inside 12 minutes as Liam Craig and Graham Cummins put the visitors in front.

But incredibly they were back on terms after 20 minutes as Arnaud Djoum headed their first before Joe Shaughnessy diverted a Prince Buaben cross into his own goal.

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