On This Day: Samaras turns on the style with entertaining win at Fir Park

On This Day in 2008, Celtic beat Motherwell 4-2 at Fir Park in a pulsating encounter. Gordon Strachan’s side, who were often criticised for their brand of football, put together a ferocious first half performance that blew the hosts away.

Motherwell simply had no answer for the onslaught of attacking football in the first half as Celtic looked to banish the demons of the defeat to Rangers a few weeks before. The match was also an opportunity to prepare for the midweek game against Aalborg in the UEFA Champions League.

Celtic’s No.9 Georgios Samaras netted twice, along with goals apiece from Shaun Maloney and Scott McDonald. The hosts scored two second-half replies, from John Sutton and David Clarkson, to restore some pride.

Sammy, who completed the permanent move from Man City earlier that year, was excellent and the worthy recipient of the MOTM accolade. Strachan’s team that year should have won the title and it is frustrating to even recall their dip in form post-split which gifted Walter Smith’s Rangers a title.

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