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  • The View’s Favourite… Domestic goal: Dugald at an empty Paradise

    The View’s Favourite… Domestic goal: Dugald at an empty Paradise

    By: Joe Sullivan on 26 Mar, 2020 19:01

  • The View’s Favourite’ is a daily web series that explores the Celtic View team’s fondest Hoops memories on a specific theme. Every Friday, we’ll turn it over to our Twitter followers to vote a winner and be included in an end-of-week round-up.

    This week, we’ve been talking favourite domestic goals. Celtic View Editor, Paul Cuddihy, kicked things off on Monday with Henrik’s chip in a certain 2000 Glasgow derby, while Joe Donnelly selected Jackie McNamara’s sensational volley against Hibs in December 1995. And Tony Connelly chose a Naka cracker against Rangers from April 2008.

    The fourth and final candidate comes courtesy of Joe Sullivan, witnessed in a near empty Paradise ...

    GOALSCORER: Dugald McCarrison
    GAME: Celtic Reserves 4-2 Dundee United Reserves, December 7, 1991

    ‘Celtic have scored nearly 6,000 goals since I first started going to games and I reckon I've seen most of those goals either in the flesh, or on TV. Even more so on the laptop these days, which also gives me the opportunity to re-watch a few monochrome goals caught on film before I even started asking for a liftover at the turnstiles.

    My choice, however, isn’t one you’ll find on YouTube or a dusty old Celtic VHS tape. You may not even recognise the name of the scorer, as it came from a reserve game and only around 250 people witnessed the goal at the old Paradise.

    It was the creation of the goal, rather than the execution, that made it the best goal I have ever seen at Celtic Park – or anywhere else for that matter

    With the score at 2-2, Dariusz ‘Jacki’ Dziekanowski with the ball between his feet, stood toe-to-toe with a United defender on the byeline near the flag. Big Jacki backflicked it over both himself and the defender (a rainbow flick), ran around the player by going off the pitch and back on it, then sent a first-time volley into the box where Dugald McCarrison shot home from eight yards.

    The sheer genius of the move was being applauded even before the ball hit the net and the spontaneous standing ovation - which amazingly included the entire Dundee United bench - continued even after the game restarted.

    There were cries of ‘Dae it again, Jacki’ anytime he got the ball after that.

    It was an unforgettable goal of sublime audacity and skill, but unless Jacki or Dugald are online, I really don’t expect to get any votes for this choice because, privileged as I am, I saw the goal - you probably didn’t!’

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