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Saturday, October 30, 1999 Published at 17:25 GMT 18:25 UK


Viduka eclipses new-boy Wright



Celtic 5-1 Kilmarnock

Ian Wright marked his Celtic debut with a goal at Parkhead - but the former England international's efforts were overshadowed by the performance of his strike partner, Mark Viduka.

The Australian forward scored one of the fastest hat-tricks on record as the Hoops got their title campaign back on track.

All three of his goals came inside four minutes in the second half of a remarkable match in Glasgow.

Wright has made a habit of scoring on his first appearance for his clubs, having done so with Arsenal, West Ham and most recently Nottingham Forest.

And he did so again, to the delight of the Bhoys faithful, who gave him a hero's welcome following his midweek move.

Surprise opener

The one thing the script had not predicted was that Kilmarnock would take the lead.

But go ahead they did, through Christoph Cocard, who headed home Michael Jeffrey's hanging cross at the far post after 38 minutes.

The goal came as a shock to Celtic, who suffered a shock defeat to Motherwell on their own patch on Wednesday.

Five minutes before the break, Wright thought he had opened his account north of the border

He pounced to knock the ball into the corner after Killie keeper Michael Watt had spilled a shot from Craig Burley - but referee Mike McCurry ruled for an infringement to the astonishment of the home crowd.

Despite taking the advantage, the Ayrshire club never recovered after Martin Baker was sent off in the second half.

Parkhead mayhem

But Celtic needed only eight minutes of the second half to get the equaliser - and that goal then sparked an amazing chain of events.

Burley picked out Wright, who delivered a cushion header into the path of Viduka and he drove the ball under Watt's body.

A minute later Kilmarnock were reduced to 10 men when Martin Baker was sent off after a tussle with Lubomir Moravcik - and that incident effectively settled the contest.

Celtic immediately took advantage as Viduka headed home following a superb 55th minute ball from Moravcik.

Before Kilmarnock could rouse themselves, Viduka had completed his treble in the 57th minute.

With the Kilmarnock defence again exposed in the air, the Australian converted a fine cross from Jackie McNamara.

It looked like it would not be Wright's day when his 73rd minute header hit the bar.

But, to the delight of the home fans, he eventually got his reward five minutes later when he headed in a cross from Mark Burchill at the far post.

Burley completed the scoring five minutes from time for an emphatic victory after Wright and Burchill had played their part in the build-up.

Teams:

Celtic: Gould, Stubbs, Tebily, Riseth, McNamara, Burley, Moravcik, Lambert, Blinker, Wright, Viduka. Subs: Kharine, Petrov, Mjallby, Wieghorst, Burchill.

Kilmarnock: Watt, MacPherson, Lauchlan, Dindeleux, Baker, Cocart, Durrant, Reilly, Mahood, Jeffrey, Mitchell. Subs: Meldrum, Vareille, Hessey, Hay, Davidson.

Referee: Michael McCurry (Scotland)



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