Guidetti: We can dish up quadruple

Published: Sunday 26th October 2014 by The News Editor

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John Guidetti declared himself hungry to win the quadruple with Celtic after scoring his fifth goal in seven games for the Hoops in the 2-0 win over Kilmarnock at Parkhead.

The 22-year-old Swedish striker, ineligible for Celtic’s Europa League Group D campaign as he was not registered in time following his loan move from Manchester City, opened the scoring with a wonderful free-kick in the 35th minute.

He scored from 25 yards after Kilmarnock skipper Manuel Pascali’s professional foul on Stefan Scepovic earned him a red card from referee Willie Collum.

It was the turning point in a match in which Kilmarnock had been the equal of their hosts, and a second goal from Scepovic in the 63rd minute saw the champions leapfrog the Ayrshire side into fourth place.

In typically entertaining fashion, Guidetti explained after the match how he is loving life at Celtic and claimed his team-mates have recognised his skills in the kitchen.

He said: “I’m like Gordon Ramsay – they call me Gordon John. I haven’t cooked for the players yet but I cook at home.”

However, he also has three domestic trophies and the Europa League on his menu.

“I want to win the quadruple,” he said.

“This is what I want so we have to focus on every single game.

“The quadruple is 100 per cent possible. You see now that we are getting all of our players back like Mikael Lustig, Charlie Mulgrew and Kris Commons.

“So now you have to be on top of your game to play.

“We have done so well right now in the Europa League and I can’t wait to go to the knock-out phase so I can be part of the squad.”

The home fans enjoyed being saluted by Guidetti after his goal and he urged supporters to return to see what else he has in his celebration locker.

He said: “I have taken to the fans so it’s a mutual feeling. They are fantastic. I live for fans.

“I’m happy with the team performance but I feel I should have scored at least one more because I hit the post and the keeper made two good saves. You can say I was unlucky but I wanted one more.

“I have more celebrations in my locker and I want to bring them out and you have to come to Celtic Park and buy a ticket to see them.”

Celtic manager Ronny Deila, looking forward to the League Cup clash with Partick Thistle at Parkhead on Wednesday, conceded the game turned on Pascali’s dismissal.

Deila said: “The first 20 minutes was played out in the midfield, then we got more control of the game and the red card changed the whole match.

“From there, we controlled it and did well. The positives are strikers scoring and I don’t think Kilmarnock really had a chance.

“Guidetti and Scepovic showed they can play together and we have to get them more matches.

“They are both dangerous. We are going to get a lot of goals from those two at Celtic.

“Wednesday is another important match and we look forward to it.”

Visiting boss Allan Johnston revealed that Pascali felt “devastated” by his sending-off.

Johnston said: “We started well, looked dangerous and created a few chances. The sending-off changed the game.

“I’ve not seen the video but it looked like a sending-off. Pascali switched off for a second. He was gutted to have done that in such a big game.

“He feels he has let the players down but he has been brilliant for us this season.

“We had to change the game plan, We came here to play – you could see that in the first 35 minutes – but in the second half it was two banks of four and trying to hit them on the counter-attack.

“It was always going to be difficult but they did great.”

Published: Sunday 26th October 2014 by The News Editor

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