Skippy’s Celtic hat-trick

On 29 September, 2007, a Scott McDonald hat-trick saw Celtic swat aside Dundee United at Celtic Park. In a season that would have many highs and lows, Celtic marked the year by paying homage to the Lisbon Lions and their miraculous achievement in 1967, by bringing out a commemorative 40 year anniversary kit. A beauty to behold – truly.

This would be a year in which the league went straight to the wire, and we sadly lost the beloved Tommy Burns. Funnily enough, it would be against the Arabs that Celtic clinched the title from our arch rival’s grasp – as they succumbed to a crushing defeat against Aberdeen up at Pittodrie.

However, on this day, Skippy’s hat-trick was a welcome addition to his Parkhead goal account. His first would come from jinxing and weaving from the imperious Aiden McGeady. McGeady would fool the United defenders – as he often did – to put in a cross which Jan Venegoor of Hesselink headed back across goal to find Scott McDonald. McDonald had no problems heading back into the net after a save from the goalkeeper.

His second resulted from driving play from Scott Brown, playing a one-two with Chris Killen, when he eventually slipped the ball to McDonald in the box, who rounded the ‘keeper and tucked away from a very tight angle.

The finale was then started by McDonald, as he used his frame to win the ball in midfield from a United player and find Brown again. Brown then spread the play wide to McGeady, who carried the ball before whipping in a cross to find the incoming McDonald with a delicious first time finish – doing what all good strikers do and following the ball in.

Refresh your memory with this wonderful Skippy hat-trick below…

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I'm a Garngad Bhoy through and through. My first ever Celtic game was a friendly against Italian side Parma at Celtic Park, in 2002. Currently a student of English Literature and Education at the University of Strathclyde for my sins. Favourite game would be a toss up between beating Manchester United with that Naka freekick, or the game against the Oldco when Hesselink scored in the dying seconds. I'm still convinced Cal Mac is wasted playing that far back.

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