Video: Paddy McCourt Scores Another Wonder Goal, On This Day

On this day in 2009, Celtic travelled to New St Mirren Park for only the second time. Opened in January that year, Buddies supporters wondered if the new arena could live up to the magic witnessed at Love Street over the previous century. Their answer wasn’t slow in forthcoming, though it may not have been welcome.

27 minutes into the match, Paddy McCourt picked up the ball in the middle of the pitch. Jinking past one, cutting inside another, bursting through a gap between two players, selling a dummy to a fifth opponent and driving past a sixth; ‘the Derry Pele’ powered a shot into the far corner from a tight angle. It was a goal reminiscent of George Best, Diego Maradona or Lionel Messi.

Shaun Maloney confirmed the points for Celtic by adding a second in the 78th minute. The result put Tony Mowbray’s team four points clear at the top of the SPL table, but little did anyone know how different the team would fare on their next visit to Paisley.

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Hailing from an Irish background, I grew up on the English south coast with the good fortune to begin watching Celtic during the Martin O'Neill era. I have written four Celtic books since the age of 19: Our Stories & Our Songs: The Celtic Support, Take Me To Your Paradise: A History Of Celtic-Related Incidents & Events, Walfrid & The Bould Bhoys: Celtic's Founding Fathers, First Season & Early Stars, and The Holy Grounds of Glasgow Celtic: A Guide To Celtic Landmarks & Sites Of Interest. These were previously sold in Waterstones and official Celtic FC stores, and are now available on Amazon.

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