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Tuesday 12 December 2017

Supersub McCourt proves worth as celtic slip up

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Paddy McCourt reopened the debate about his value to Celtic with another wonderful solo goal against Inverness at Parkhead on Saturday.

The enigmatic Northern Ireland international (26), who has struggled to pin down a regular starting berth since signing from Derry City in 2008, came off the bench once more, this time in the ninth minute when skipper Shaun Maloney had to limp off with an injury.

McCourt was involved in Ki Sung-yueng's first-half opener and then doubled the Bhoys' lead in the 65th minute, with an even better effort than the one that won the points at Inverness on the opening day of the season.

Had Celtic's woeful defending not resulted in the loss of two home points for the second week running, McCourt's cool finish after slaloming through the visitors' defence would have dominated post-match talk.

With little to complain about regarding Luxembourg referee Alain Hamer's performance, Celtic fans turned their ire on their own players after finishing the match two points behind SPL leaders Rangers, who now also have a game in hand after their match against Dundee United was postponed yesterday due to adverse weather.

The three points appeared to be safe following McCourt's goal, but slack play by Daniel Majstorovic and Thomas Rogne allowed Dubliner Richie Foran to reduce the deficit, before Caley defender Grant Munro knocked in a deserved equaliser seven minutes from time.

Irish Independent

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